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Marshawn Lynch's Attorney

Race May Have Been

Factor in DUI Arrest

8/21/2012 1:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Things are getting racial in the Marshawn Lynch DUI case -- the NFL star's lawyer tells TMZ he believes the two white cops who arrested Lynch may have had it out for the running back because of the color of his skin.

Lynch was pulled over by the California Highway Patrol in Oakland back in July and was arrested for drunk driving after officers say his blood alcohol level was above the legal limit.  In the police report, cops said they had noticed the Seattle Seahawks running back had been swerving all over the road.

But Lynch's attorney, Ivan Golde, tells us "There may be an issue of police misconduct/racism based on the fact that you have two white cops [and] an African American defendant by himself."

Golde believes the proof may rest in the fact that the incident was NOT captured on the CHP dash cam. Golde claims cops told him the recording device was "not functioning properly" during the arrest.

"There’s an inference, a possibility ... it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to say that the police maybe turned it off," Golde says. 

TMZ spoke with a rep for the CHP who tells us, "Although the lawyer for Mr. Lynch alleges there is possible police misconduct and racism because both of the officers who arrested him were of Caucasian ancestry and their patrol vehicle's mobile video/audio recording system was inoperative, this allegation is false and without merit."

The rep continues, "False allegations such as this undermine the mission and morale of all public safety personnel who faithfully work and serve within our communities."

Read the entire CHP statement after the jump.

STATEMENT FROM THE CHP:

Regarding the matter of Marshawn LYNCH, Mr. LYNCH was arrested by California Highway Patrol (CHP) personnel for Driving Under Influence of Alcohol or Drugs, sections 23152(a) and 23152(b) of the California Vehicle Code.  The arrest occurred Saturday, July 14th, 2012, within the city of Emeryville.  

Two CHP were on patrol and traveling upon Interstate 880 (I-880) North within the city of Oakland.  They saw a white 2012 Ford van also traveling upon I-880 North. 

The driver of the van could not keep the van safely within its traffic lane, id est, the van was weaving from lane-to-lane.  As the van weaved from lane-to-lane, it had near collisions with other vehicles traveling within adjacent traffic lanes.  The officers initiated an enforcement stop to determine the condition of its driver (id est, drowsy driver, impaired driver, medical incident).  The enforcement stop location was within the city of Emeryville. 

The officers contacted the driver of the Ford van and identified him via his California driver's license as Marshawn Terrell LYNCH.  Mr. LYNCH displayed objective signs of intoxication.  Due to Mr. LYNCH'S poor driving, his display of objective signs of intoxication and performance during multiple field sobriety tests, the officers concluded Mr. LYNCH was an impaired driver and unable to safely operate a motor vehicle. 

This conclusion was also based upon the officers' experience and training.  They arrested Mr. LYNCH for Driving Under Influence of Alcohol or Drugs, and transported him to and booked him into the Alameda County Sheriff's Department North County Jail without incident. 

The officers completed an arrest report and it been submitted to the Alameda County District Attorney's Office for review and criminal prosecution.

CHP personnel, both sworn and non-sworn, are required to embrace and adhere to the CHP's organizational values.  These values include respect for others, fairness, ethical practices and equitable treatment for all. 

The officers who arrested Mr. LYNCH displayed these organizational values throughout their contact with him.  Although the lawyer for Mr. LYNCH alleges there is possible police misconduct and racism because both of the officers who arrested him were of Caucasian ancestry and their patrol vehicle's mobile video/audio recording system (MVARS) was inoperative, this allegation is false and without merit.  False allegations such as this undermine the mission and morale of all public safety personnel who faithfully work and serve within our communities.

Officer Sam Morgan
Public Information Officer (PIO)
California Highway Patrol For more sports stories, check out tmzsports.com!
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31.

Selebraties Suck    

I gotta say, he is Hot!

701 days ago
32.

BigMunKnee    

What a PIECE OF SHlT(lawyer)!!! Maybe,...JUST MAYBE, race/color had ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with it!! Did that thought ever cross your mind, ya' imbecile!!?!? The most HIGHLY LIKELIHOOD is that Lynch was SWERVING & DRIVING erratically and was busted for THAT!!! Nothing more, nothing less!!! S***BAG lawyers like this are the S***BAGS who give all(most) lawyers a "bad name"!! It's always "someone else's fault" or ALWAYS "racisim"!! Man up, ya' lil' BlTCH, and take it like a man!! I'd love just FIVE MINUTES with that S***BAG lawyer on the mat/in the ring!!

701 days ago
33.

Northerngirl41    

Some of the famous rappers, pop guys like Drake and Chris brown...rich NBA players and rich NFL players...stop acting like ghetto rats!

701 days ago
34.

laffnbear    

Of all places, Oakland.
Is this guy race baiting, hoping for another riot? Cali has mellowed a lot since Rodney

701 days ago
35.

shansa3fan    

Looks like the only racism is on behalf of Mr. LYNCH toward the officer. He saw they were white and assumed that they would be unfair based on their race. Two can play those cards. Who's the racist now? This ass cannot face the facts that he was intoxicated and it's against the law.

701 days ago
36.

SpeakTheWord    

Ill be damned if the cops aint getting brothers drunk and then busting them for DUI ..Now if they can get them to hit that rock pipe right before they get out of lock-up that would be nice of them...

701 days ago
37.

myopinion    

Oh my goodness just because the cops were white and he is black and the camera wasn't on is grounds for a law suit for racism...This racism crap is getting out of control this case is a waste of tax payers money some cases are justified but not this one.

701 days ago
38.

HOOV    

can there be 1 F'n story EVER, that someone doesnt blame Obama? it is as DUMB or DUMBER than lynch pulling the race card !!

701 days ago
39.

gpzjack    

do you have to be a criminal to be in professional sports now?

701 days ago
40.

Honeys Booboo    

The glove don't fit, you must acquit !

701 days ago
41.

hummm    

I know I know this one, the race on this case is the race to the bottle.

701 days ago
42.

Philly    

Let me see if i got this right: Just due to the fact that the guy was black and the two cops were white is enough to bring a charge of racism into the case? How about the fact the guy was drunk and could have potentially killed someone...oh, wait, thats a fact..... RAYCISS behavior makes a much better story for TMZ. Meanwhile, an elderly Walmart greeter who DARED to ask a black 20-something yr old woman and her boyfriend for their receipt gets smashed in the face and news outlets dont mention the old womans race at all. Guess blacks just aren't capable of being racist despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. I guess the old white redneck woman had it comin', right gang?

701 days ago
43.

Tyler    

I'm black and this is ridiculous that they are playing the race card. Why do blacks always have to play the race card when it involves someone who is white?

701 days ago
44.

lexington marlow    

smart boy !!! Asked them about the dash cam and they backed down from doing a chavis carter on him. Racist bastards !! Lets throw them some doughnuts !

701 days ago
45.

Nicki    

I am so freaking sick of people trying to blame racism for their stupidity. Damn people get a f***ing life and grow up and assume responsibility for your own actions.

701 days ago
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