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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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76.

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.

705 days ago
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Nelson Porras    

I refuse to call that cop a "Police Officer"; he does not deserve such a distinction. He is just another six-months-instruction-made-up cop who, once he got his badge, uniform and gun started doing things his own way like in the Wild West; in this case, the way is full of prejudice.

You can smell something's fishy, as you find out that those cops are giving out conflicting reports. Someone is thwarting the facts as you can read here:
«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.»

I am going speculate: That cop sees an African-American young guy driving a very expensive car around that exclusive area; immediately, he follows that car up to the parking lot. Then, the cop decides to park his patrol car in an alley, adjacent to the parking lot. The cop runs the vehicle’s plate and… bingo! That plate belongs to Mr. Barnes, who happens to be a sports celebrity. What a better a way to become a celebrity himself! Then, the cop becomes a predator… for 2 hours! He does not go to Winchell’s, 7-11, MacDonald’s, not even to the restroom… in 2 hours!

He arrests Mr. Barnes, books him up, and writes a not credible report.

Someone inside that Police Dept., changed the story of the Barnes incident report, and the charge went from A VERBAL THREAT to PULLING HIS HAND AWAY, just like that! What a difference! Maybe, they thought that changing the story in the report would substantiate it and have a better chance to convict Mr. Barnes.

Honestly, I see prejudice in that cop.

705 days ago
78.

Alan Nordoc    

Sadly you can't be black and be in Manhattan Beach. The police will either pull you over and harass you or if they find you have anything outstanding, they'll take you in and not very politely. It has nothing to do with his celebrity. He just cross the "blue line" that surrounds the city. I'm embarrassed to live here.

704 days ago
79.

Patrise    

Matt lost his mom and he is inside grieving. Matt is hurt by the loss of of his mom and iit will take some time to heal. I can only imagine how he may feel for I have experience death of a loveone. Many suggested that Matt move on with his life and playing Basketball is what he want to do and he speaks from his heart. Matt is a great guy and he has allot of love to give.

692 days ago
80.

Celtsfan33    

Somegirl doesn't know tha Matt Barnes now plays for the Clippers!

651 days ago
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