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Matt Barnes

Cop Lurked for Two Hours

BEFORE Arrest

8/3/2012 7:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The police officer who arrested ex-LA Lakers star Matt Barnes waited in an alley for 2 hours ... waited for Barnes to exit a restaurant, and then charged the b-baller with felony resisting arrest -- even though Barnes never got physically violent ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

Barnes had a warrant out for his arrest for failing to appear on a ticket for driving on a suspended license. Sources say Barnes had gone to the DMV, gotten his license reinstated, and mistakenly believed he no longer had to go to court to clear the ticket.

Now here's where it gets strange. Our law enforcement sources say the arresting officer KNEW Barnes had an outstanding warrant as he watched the NBA forward and his baby mama park their car in a lot Monday night -- and walk a block-and-a-half to MB Post, a popular restaurant in Manhattan Beach, CA -- yet the cop did not approach the hoopster. Instead the officer waited in an alley near the car.

Witnesses say 15 minutes later, Barnes walked back to the vehicle in plain view of the cop. According to witnesses ... Barnes got something from the car and returned to the restaurant. Again, the officer watched but did nothing.

Nearly 2 hours later, Barnes and his chick left the restaurant and he signed autographs and posed for pictures as they walked to the car -- as they approached the vehicle the cop pounced and told Barnes he was under arrest, but didn't say why.

We're told Barnes already had one hand behind his back as he attempted to hand his gf the keys with his other hand so she could drive home. Sources say the cop grabbed the hand with the keys and the Lakers champ pulled away. The cop then immediately informed Barnes he would be charged with resisting arrest.

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A police official for the dept. initially claimed the basis for the resisting arrest charge was a verbal threat allegedly made by Barnes, but we've learned the charge will be based on Barnes pulling his hand away.

Law enforcement sources say Barnes was NOT intoxicated at the time of his arrest.

It's unclear why the officer chose to wait 2 hours before busting Barnes.

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R. Cortez    

Thank god they got that traffic law violator off the street. What was cool is when they sat in front of that restaurant for 2 hours, they didn't let the drug dealing, burglary, and violent crime distract them. More cops like this and our roads will be safe as our cites burn.

751 days ago
2.

I LOVE MY NIPPLES    

I love the Lakers & luv me sum Matt Barnes...Lakers will be the champs in 2013 yes sum girls know about sports!

751 days ago
3.

Vanny    

They cops were waiting for the TMZ Camera's so that they could get their 15 minutes of fame...

751 days ago
4.

BB in CA    

It says above - Barnes had gone to the DMV & gotten his license reinstated. Total waste of cop time but other cops will defend this idiot cop till the end.

751 days ago
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lol    

Why wait 2 hours to do your job?

751 days ago
6.

ryan    

Dirty Cop, I saw a partial video on the news and Barnes was calm as his girl was the one loosing it and yelling at the Pig.

There are some cops who are just not ethically. I know as I had a bad run in with 2 cops and I called 911 for getting harassed and the 2 Pigs turned it on me. I have no tats, clean, short hair white male who teaches and these 2 Anaheim Pigs got there jollies in trying to be bullies. Oh well, Cops too lazy to go to college or too stupid and cant get out of Junior College so they become cops.

751 days ago
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PictureUp    

MB cops are pretty much like the keystone cops!they look for ez pickins!at the station theres a wall of mugshots of jerkorffs with like Barnes that have warrants ill wager the arresting cop is also the cop that wrote the original ticket!!

751 days ago
8.

HuckChinn    

What the f*&* else do the cops in Manhattan Beach have to do???????????

751 days ago
9.

Stiletto    

Police Rule #1:


Never, ever...no matter what...do you even think of arresting someone until 30 minutes before your shift ends. Without that overtime, how will you ever pay for that new boat?

751 days ago
10.

acuseme    

he had to wait 2 hours cause he's a fat pig and wouldn't make the arrest alone so he had to wait for his other fat pig friends to finish eating their dinners before he had backup. Meanwhile he had donuts in the car.

751 days ago
11.

two cents    

Why did they wait 2 hours? Easy. Overtime baby. Why do in 15 minutes what you can do in 2 hours. Thank god the streets are safer now!

751 days ago
12.

NIck    

Welcome to http://babeeni.com/

751 days ago
13.

Kobe_No_Means_No    

haha

751 days ago
14.

kobesucks    

Another thug in a laker uniform..

751 days ago
15.

Uh    

It's unclear why the officer chose to wait 2 hours before busting Barnes....Why don't you ask your "sources"? You are so full of BS.

751 days ago
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