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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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31.

dan    

First Manhattan Beach ruins 6 man and now this...what a bunch of kooks.

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32.

Sonja    

No real criminals on the streets then right? This guy was paid to stand in an ally for two hours waiting on a guy who had a traffic violation... this is almost as nuts as the cop who followed a woman into a mall, and Victoria's Secret store to arrest her for unresolved traffic tickets and then tased her 12yr old daughter. Seriously WTF?

750 days ago
33.

Symian    

Waiting outside a restaurant doing nothing for 2 hours seems like a waste of police time to me. But he may have decided to wait because he hoped that Barnes would drink too much so when he came out he could be charged with another crime. I don't know, but perhaps.
 
I would like to hear what status the cop was calling in for those two hours, because I cannot imagine there was nothing else for him to do during that length of time.

750 days ago
34.

A1A    

I don't know what we are going to do here in America about the corrupt police and even more corrupt media that feeds us their filtered news. Between the organized crime gangs that the police have become and the seriously treasonous media, we citizens here in this country have a very big problem.

750 days ago
35.

MsSuburbia    

Ew! The cop's a stalker! Law enforcement doesn't pursue that kind of violation. This is personal. Just. Ew.

750 days ago
36.

beef    

c'mon TMZ Barnes is NOT a "Lakers champ" do some research! He's not even an NBA champion.

750 days ago
37.

_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

Don't worry folks. That's police tactics. It's the norm for Cali police to file false charges.

750 days ago
38.

Rockstar Alumni    

In the great words of NWA...

F * * * The Police!

750 days ago
39.

Wayne    

They waited hoping he would be drunk and resist arrest.

750 days ago
40.

David    

Cops are such *******s! He's lucky they didn't tase or shoot him.

750 days ago
41.

Johnnie    

One goes to reinstate the license so one can sho the court thy've done so.I'm not buying that "didn't think he need to show in court" thing.
He's not that damn dumb.

750 days ago
42.

tb727    

He's a "champ?" When did he ever win a thing with the Lakers?

750 days ago
43.

H.T    

The cop waited so he could get overtime pay...that's how they operate.

750 days ago
44.

aw    

apparently nothing else going on for the police to take care of, in CA really? or did the cop just want his picture all over the place.

750 days ago
45.

cleffy p    

he reminds me of michael jordan during his short lived rap carreer


http://youtu.be/yOKpkQh2Ljs

750 days ago
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