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Thiago Silva

'Trigger-Happy Cops Overreacted'

... Lawyer Says

2/10/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0207-thiago-silva-gettyThere was NO REASON for cops to call in the SWAT team to apprehend Thiago Silva ... the "trigger-happy" police simply overreacted ... so says the UFC fighter's lawyer.

TMZ Sports spoke with attorney Scott Saul ... who tells us he was present when the SWAT team surrounded Silva's South Florida home.

Saul says ... cops went "overboard" because he's a UFC fighter.

Saul says the situation could have been handled as a routine arrest situation -- and the fact they called in an army of cops only escalated it. 

"There was no allegation of harm against anyone," Saul says ... "But they treated it like a terrorist threat."

As we previously reported, Silva was initially arrested for attempted murder -- but the judge later reduced the charge because Silva never actually fired a shot or laid a finger on anyone during the incident.

Silva is currently being held without bond.

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7 COMMENTS

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your_worst_nitemare    

Thiago was washed up as a Ufc fighter anyway. So the fact tht he got fired from Ufc is n big deal. Maybe he gave the police a better fight than he gave his last couple of opponets in the octagon

255 days ago
2.

Ladygoodman    

The militarization of our police departments in this country is scary. The old uniform of blue, a badge and a hat is now jack booted GI joe wanna b's dressed like soldiers in Iraq.

255 days ago
3.

StPeteRickster    

Is Florida, is how cops are here, is how the state government wants it.

State is run by loons....

255 days ago
4.

Jim    

Your UFC figter has a Latin Kings Tattoo on his neck, which says a lot!!!

255 days ago
5.

KDeez    

I doubt it was "overreacting" by the police (for once) since in the last few days he's been pulling out a glock and pistol in the few days building up to this. MMA fighters are an elite group of athletes, too bad he just removed himself from that group with his anger management issues.

255 days ago
6.

Vote2012    

As I stated many times cops in this country from the little towns to the big city are turning this country into a police state. One step out of line you get body slammed and a gun is pointed at your head. One day soon if you get a parking ticket they will club you and drag you away never to be seen again.

254 days ago

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