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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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46.

USArmy    

I wonder in my lifetime if I will ever hear a black person say yep I did it without using the race card?

702 days ago
47.

Chuck    

Who cares....he was drunk. The outcome remains the same.

702 days ago
48.

Mean Mike D    

Aaaah, yes. The only ace in the hole. The race card. We have a black president now (at least for a few more months that is). Time to think of a new scapegoat.

702 days ago
49.

jimmmyzz    

OWN it don't RACE it!

702 days ago
50.

AreUCrazy    

If the black people want to stop being segregated then THEY need to stop playing the race card all the time.
Also, stop with the African American crap.. it's AMERICAN!

702 days ago
51.

DaveT    

1) could be real racism
2) could just be a race card and false claim
I wasn't there, didn't see it, therefore I don't know if it was real racism (could be) or if it's just a false claim race card (could be)
Maybe I should blindly pick a side and just start shooting verbal bullets against the other side, before I even know the facts....?

702 days ago
52.

Brad    

This is why lawyers are the s*** of the earth. It's impossible to be a lawyer and have morals and ethics.
I hope nothing but failure for Lynch and his lawyer.

702 days ago
53.

H.T    

Come on really!!! v

702 days ago
54.

Seldombinlaid    

I don't care if he's purple. Was he drunk? Stupid lawyers. SMH

702 days ago
55.

Aaron    

I'd say to beat another drum, but I'm sure someone will think that racist also.

Guess they were just supposed to apologize for stopping him and send him on his way to kill someone? Grow up and drink water for a change...

702 days ago
56.

AKA    

Because everything has to be about race. Can't be for any reason other than that. Can't be because he was potentially breaking the law. Oh no. It's all about the race card.

702 days ago
57.

lisa    

Or maybe DUI was a factor in his DUI arrest.

702 days ago
58.

lisazthats me    

A pompous arrogant overpaid prick breaks the law and endangers everyone else and some racist lawyer starts throwing around allegations against 2 hard working police to put their life onthe line every day to protect that same prick if he needed it.

702 days ago
59.

sidithers    

C'MON MAN

702 days ago
60.

DaveT    

@PHILLY
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True, depending on which media or news outlets.
Liberal-biased news networks such as CNN and especially MSNBC, do try to spin everything regarding race into a white-against-black situation.
But we all know why that happens, democrat politicians and dem bureaucrats make million$ in paychecks as administrators of the social welfare programs, as do the liberal/democrat managers and staff who fill the social worker spots.
Hence, as anyone with integrity will admit, democrats profit financially by holding black people down.
By convincing black people that they're not good enough. Lying to them and telling them the only way they can survive, is if they sign up to some sort of government aid
Democrats using various government tactics to keep black people in ghettos...so they'll be in need of aid...and have to sign up.
Which brings more statistics, which liberal/democrat profiteers/bureaucrats use to petition for more grant and budget money from the taxpayers.
Cha-ching!....more welfare recipients = more statistics = more justification for taxpayer funding grants = bigger paychecks for lib/dem bureaucrats and their brethren.
Not black people's faults, they have an army of democrats using their government powers to keep black people down, poor and needy.
(Personally, if I was black, I would **hate** white democrat politicians, and their condescending "oh you poor widdle black people" bullsh-t)
As far as black against white crime, lot of false information floating around about that.
Most common: Rape.
Loads of innocent men are *wrongfully* convicted for rapes they never committed.
Many of those men are black, white and Hispanic men too, but mostly black men.
Proof of this exists because of such orgs as The Innocence Project.
A visit to the website The Innocence Project and a couple of hours scanning and reading through the cases, shows ample proof that whenever a source claims that blacks commit (xxxx) more crimes than white people...it's mostly bullsh-t.
Blacks aren't committing more rapes, they're just being convicted more often, when innocent.
Thus, statistics from court records and from groups who say that more black people rape than white people do, are wrong.
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But at the end of this convo, it still comes back to my point...This could be a case of racism, or could just be a black dude using race card to get out of trouble.
Nothing us white folks are above doing, as we'll use any excuse we can think of to get out of a ticket too :D

702 days ago
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