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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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61.

Crazy Laker fan    

Wow this cop got to be a Laker hater or the other word RACIST i mean it facts zimmerman gets to shot someone and he dont even get arested im moving to Florida ASAP? wre it is safer

749 days ago
62.

JUN    

It looks as if or sounds as if i should say, he was ROLE PLAYING with a dirty cop because they must have had something going on on the side or his baby mama had something going on with the dirty cop on the side

749 days ago
63.

Deltwice    

What?... They got a traffic violator..who has a license... in a swat like stake out while he was eating a steak!

749 days ago
64.

Deltwice    

Well... they've stepped up the initiative if they can't catch you driving while black you will be stalked and ambushed eating while black. They just wanted him to be drunk so they can say he was intoxicated.

749 days ago
65.

Brad    

Cops never say you are under arrest anymore, the first thing out of their mouth is stop resisting. I know of an individual who was shot in the back while handcuffed and the officer was cleared because as he stated he was in fear for his life.

749 days ago
66.

eazy    

yeah, that sounds like Manhattan Beach PD. A bunch of FASCIST PRICKS.

749 days ago
67.

Donald Ray    

So, this racist, PIG ASS cop had NOTHING better to do for TWO hrs.? Manhattan Bch isn't exactly where we like to hang out, so I get the pic.

749 days ago
68.

Yo..mamma    

I wonder if anyone got murder or robbed because these two cops were busy waiting on Matt Barnes.

749 days ago
69.

Bizz    

this piece of garbage was sitting there for two hours waiting to arrest an NBA player while people were being raped and murdered in the meantime. nice work.

748 days ago
70.

jonathan    

For all the people who can't read, his license was already reinstated. Cops like this are worthless. I have the lowest respect for them. Most of them are punks that either got picked on while growing up or wasn't too bright to do anything else in life.

748 days ago
71.

chitowner    

Best friend is black, I'm white. We went to Ariz years ago to visit a friend. Some small hick town closed the highway so you HAD to go though their town.

Big new Olds "98" when they were the size of a boat. Chicago sticker in window. Black and white guy together. Did a drivers license check. Told him to drive below speed limit.

got to end of town there was a cop waiting for us. As soon as we past he turned around and went back to the check line. This isn't even DWB.

748 days ago
72.

Nick    

Redneck officer has nothing better to do at work but waste tax payers money on arresting a NBA player as oppose patrolling the streets and preventing real crimes.

748 days ago
73.

tammy    

this **** is wrong

748 days ago
74.

Bagheera    

So... the cop had plenty of opportunities to arrest him for 2 hours, but waited until Matt Barnes was surrounded by fans and paparazzi before arresting him?
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Someone needs to be suspended without pay. I doubt the cop is clean.

748 days ago
75.

Barb    

The cop waited two hours because he thought Barnes would be intoxicated by then and would become belligerent. This should be an interesting day in court - for the lousy cop.

748 days ago
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