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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!
151 COMMENTS

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76.

Raejean    

I'm so sick of these losers making race their defense.

758 days ago
77.

truc10    

here we go, stupid white people doing their jobs. why cant they just let the black people do what they want? OMG

758 days ago
78.

Smarg    

But of course. If you're a black perp, blame it on racism.

Knee grow, please.

758 days ago
79.

Susan    

The CHP officers should have called in a black officer if that is the case. Then Mr, Lynch would have to find another reason to blame for his drinking and driving. BTW...next time you decide to drink and drive, do it in Seattle...

758 days ago
80.

UNLEVINED HARVEY    

people just have no shame

758 days ago
81.

Hank    

So, from now on, white cops can't arrest black suspects? But I'm sure two black cops are allowed to arrest a white suspect, right? What a bunch of PC BS. If he is over the legal limit, does it matter what color everyone is? Guilty is guilty.

758 days ago
82.

Hank    

if you look at statistics, the majority of crimes are committed by black people. Therefore, most suspects are going to be black. That's not racists, that's just the facts.

758 days ago
83.

SHNJOHNS    

This is the stupidest thing. Why is he playing the race card. Take ownership for your action douchebag and stop hiding behind your race

758 days ago
84.

hbk72777    

Yeah, they only arrest black football players for DUI's. David Diehl is just light skinned.

757 days ago
85.

3Storms    

He was busted on a DUI not because he's black. I am so sick and f-ing tired of racist blacks playing the race card to try to be above the law.

757 days ago
86.

Harrison Greeney    

Headline "Race May Have Been Factor in DUI Arrest"

News Flash: Alcohol Consumption is a More Likely Factor...

757 days ago
87.

Lisa     

the racial card is getting so old. you effed up! man up and pay your fines!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

757 days ago
88.

Joybubble55    

Oh...poor me.... Your picking on me because I'm black..... Give it up.... And be honest.... Stop using the race card.... It's a little sickening....

757 days ago
89.

russell l lee    

The religion of Caucasian Americans is racism.

757 days ago
90.

JFO    

And of course it couldn't be that he was pulled over BECAUSE HE WAS DRUNK! No, it was because he's black. Throwing down the race card does nothing but confirm that's what really happened.

757 days ago
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