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Cops: Wrestler Was 'Belligerent,' Arrest Was Warranted

3/7/2011 6:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

A rep for the Columbus PD tells TMZ they feel they had every right to arrest former WWE wrestler Shad Gaspard this weekend ... saying the video TMZ posted earlier doesn't tell the whole story.

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As TMZ previously reported, Gaspard was popped by Columbus PD for allegedly jaywalking and the video of his arrest shows three officers pinning him down while he, and several onlookers, tried to tell them he did nothing wrong.

Sgt. Rich Weiner, a rep for the Columbus PD, tells TMZ the police report says Gaspard was observed by an officer walking in the roadway and obstructing traffic. He says Gaspard ignored an officer's request to get out of the street and refused to provide the officer with ID when asked several times.

Sgt. Weiner says, according to the report, the officer then tried to arrest Gaspard, but he "broke free from the officers as they attempted to take him into custody."

The video we posted begins sometime after that, which Weiner says "does not show the events which led to Mr. Gaspard being put on the ground and being placed in handcuffs."

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weezypain    

BS!!!! You know the cops are covering up!!!

1304 days ago
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writenow    

Well he takes a nice picture.

1304 days ago
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Mark Proctor    

BS. Video does not lie.

1304 days ago
4.

Made it Past 27    

2011 RODNEY KING

1304 days ago
5.

Areader    

Of course they're going to say that!

1304 days ago
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Tammy    

Cops can write anything in police reports they want. THAT DON'T MAKE IT TRUE!!!

1304 days ago
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Mark Proctor    

Total shame on the Coulumbus Police Department. The public should demand justice. Watch the Video!!!!!

1304 days ago
8.

Ball`s has no Ball`s    

He got what was coming ,Dumb Azz!Haha

1304 days ago
9.

Mike    

Any time a police officer directs you, stops you or questions you they are within their rights to so. If you refuse to follow the police officers request you can be charged with resisting.

The law states that when a police officers directs your movement, stops your movement or by actions controls your movement you are in his custody. While in police custody if you do not comply with the officers requests you can be charged.

If you feel an officer had no merit to detain or direct you, then you have the right to contest the action before a judge. You do NOT have a right to resist arrest under ANY cir***stances.

Know you're rights. If you resist arrest you will be charged for it even if the initial cause for police intervention was unwarrented.

1304 days ago
10.

Jeff    

"broke free after being taken into custody for Jay-walking"....huh?

1304 days ago
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Chaz    

Shoulda listened to them when they told him to move it and show ID. Do as you're told first, argue your case later...... too bad, so sad... somebody call the Whaaaaaaambulance !!!

1304 days ago
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sick to my stomach    

cops still trying to cover their ass NOT MAKING IT BETTER BOYs IN B ULL Sh*t ... Just admit you got caught! I hope he sues the hell out of you because with that video he has aLOT of people who disagree with your version of events. YOUR VERSION IS NOT EVEN AN INTELLEGENT TRY!!!

1304 days ago
13.

Mike    

In that video the person being detained attempts to stand up and free himself from the officers custody two times. The untrained eye may not intially see it happen but it does infact happen twice. It might be difficult for you to understand but the stress caused by this individual to gain his freedom demands a reaction from the police.

While in police custody if he were to stand up and break away from them and in doing so get hit by oncoming traffic while in hand cuffs the damage would be tragic. Everytime he moves and struggles with the officers he demonstrates his capacity, ability and intention to break free.

Did he do something prior to warrant being arrested? I don't really care, all I see is someone that could harm themselves with those handcuffs on if he stood up in that area.

Safety first. You must understand that one elbow nudge from a person of his size could throw anyone several feet away, they are way too close to traffic to have him twisting and screaming like he is.

1304 days ago
14.

Chia    

Major lawsuit!!!

1304 days ago
15.

ToddJC    

This is a covered up. The officer can ask for ID.. However this is not required if you are WALKING. (not driving) You can not be placed under arrest for not providing ID. Ask you in-house attorney to look up the information.

Cheers, Keep up the great work!

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