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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

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.


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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(actually intended the above comment #69 to reply off past comment from philly...but whatever :D)

793 days ago


Of course it's a race issue. You're black so breaking the law doesn't apply to you if you are arrested by a white cop.

793 days ago

buzz kill    

It is funny how these people always want equal rights, at least until they get in trouble or don't get their way then it becomes all about race. Here is a news flash, "white people get in trouble and get regected also". The difference is white people do not have a crutch to fall back on and blame someone else, they suck it up and deal with it.

793 days ago


The man was either drunk (legally) or he wasn't this is sooo stupid my goodness.

793 days ago


Alcohol may have been a factor also....

793 days ago


When Juvenile got arrested 2 days ago, I wrote the following. I was called a racist for what I wrote. But just look how true it is:
Let's all sit back and wait for him to pull the race card. They love doing that when they can't take responsibility for their own behavior. Juuuuuust watch.

Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2012/08/20/juvenile-rapper-arrested-in-miami-fontainebleau-hotel-liv-nighclub/#ixzz24EMoZkTv

793 days ago

John Betteroffer    

When this guy played here in buffalo he was in trouble with the law from day one, even charged and found guilty of hit and run. When are these ******* athletes gonna pay for a driver. He deserves everything he gets.

793 days ago


Anything, I repeat, ANYTHING except the damn race card! Now he is going to get a harsher punishment. He would have been better off saying the officers hated the Seattle Seahawks.

793 days ago


Wow the thing that strikes me funny is a 100.000$ police criuser state of the art and dashcam not functioning...Sounds like a coincedence?

793 days ago


What is this garbage.."There MAY be an issue", "They MAY have it out for the running back", that's a lot of bunk and that's how garbage gets started. Well I "MAY" be a reincarnation of Marilyn Monroe, I MAY be a multi-millionaire. The fact is...He WAS over the drinking and driving limit ..The End

793 days ago


The CHP spokesman sounds ridiculous- there's no such ting as Caucasian ANCESTRY- either you are or you aren't. You can have Irish ancestry, or African ancestry, but that's not the same as race.

793 days ago

Harlin's Garage    

whole mess of race cards, all over the place.. whatcha expect?

793 days ago

Common Sense    

ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!!!!!!!! Your douche bag client, football player or not, gets CAUGHT drunk driving, endangering everyones life on the road, and the best you could come up with is the stop was based on racism. This is whats wrong with this country!

793 days ago

Harlin's Garage    

Kid's got a point... Suprised he doesn't sue his kin folk for racism, racial profiling, sexual battery, mental anguish, lost wages, reparations, phantom whiplash, pain and suffering....

793 days ago


this attorney should be held accountable for his racial slurs. His client was drunk behind the wheel end of story. playing the race card unless there is blatant proof of racism is beneath contempt.,

793 days ago
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