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Matt Barnes

Cops Plea

Felony REJECTED by D.A.

9/25/2012 11:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0924_matt_barnes_tmzL.A. Clippers player Matt Barnes has cut a plea deal and in the process scored a big victory ... because prosecutors rejected the felony, agreeing the case was nothing more than a low-level misdemeanor ... TMZ has learned.

You'll recall, Barnes was arrested near a Manhattan Beach, CA restaurant in late July, where he had been dining with his wife, "Basketball Wives" star Gloria Govan. The Manhattan Beach cop -- who had previously stopped and cited Barnes twice before -- waited for Barnes outside the restaurant for 2 hours before placing him under arrest for driving with a suspended license.

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As the cop attempted to cuff Barnes, he tried handing his car keys to his wife. The officer grabbed Barnes' hand and the bballer pulled away ... and the cop felt that was enough to take Barnes in for felony resisting arrest.

But the D.A. didn't see it that way. Barnes just pled no contest to interference with the duties of a police officer -- a misdemeanor. Barnes -- whose lawyer Blair Berk appeared in court on his behalf -- got a $100 fine, 30 hours of community service, 13 sessions with a counselor and he was placed on informal probation for 24 months.

The charge of driving with a suspended license was dismissed after Barnes proved he had a valid license. He pled no contest to a much lesser offense -- driving while not in possession of a license. For that Barnes got a $100 fine and was placed on 12 months informal probation.

All in all ... Barnes scored a bigger court victory than the Lakers in the playoffs.

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Raymond    

Cop waiting 2 hours to bust him on a suspended license, and in the end he had a valid license? Doesn't make any sense whatsoever.

761 days ago
17.

Barb    

Finally, some justice for Barnes. And, the cops get off with no accountability. No justice there.

761 days ago
18.

TLW    

It makes one wonder: Who protects us from the police?

761 days ago
19.

Mark    

D. Potter - Barnes signed with the Clippers a few weeks ago.

761 days ago
20.

PM2901    

Matt Barnes is going to end up with a bullet in his head. That cop is out to get him. It's so obvious. I'm sure he won't be investigated when Matt ends up dead. Code of Blue.

761 days ago
21.

DrLoveToe    

slow night in Manhattan Beach

761 days ago
22.

myopinion    

TMZ Matt & Gloria are NOT married they have two sons together!

760 days ago
23.

lbs    

Justice is blind. Clearly this officer had it out for Barnes waiting 2 hours to arrest him for a suspensed license & then to save face a resisting arrest charge appears. When are Police Officer's going to get rid of Pig's who've tainted their image of up holding the law? Why is this Pig still employed? Lies by officer's should be felonies...

760 days ago
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Katie Klark    

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760 days ago
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