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Former WWE Wrestler Tackled and Arrested By Police for Jaywalking in Columbus Prior to Strikeforce Show Saturday

(Video courtesy of YouTube/NewzFirst)

Former WWE wrestler Shad Gaspard is claiming racial profiling in an incident that occurred just hours prior to Saturday night’s Strikeforce show in Columbus, Ohio. Gaspard was crossing the street with Strikeforce heavyweight Josh Barnett and another friend when an altercation with a motorist prompted police on foot patrol to swoop in to  tackle and handcuff the 6’8″ 300-pound Brooklyn, New York native who now lives in Houston, Texas.

In the video above, which was shot by Barnett, a handcuffed Gaspard sprawled out on his stomach on the wet sidewalk can be heard pleading his innocence, inferring that the arrest was motivated by race.

“I didn’t do anything wrong. I didn’t do anything wrong. I didn’t do anything wrong. I wasn’t jaywalking,” Gaspard said. “I was walking on the sidewalk. Is it because I’m big and black?”

When asked by Barnett, “Did you guys see anything violent [from Gaspard]?” witnesses answered resolutely: “No. He didn’t do anything wrong. No. Uh, uh. Nothing.”

In this video shot by another onlooker, Barnett explained what happened.

(Video courtesy of YoutTube/GiovanniJsMommy)

“This guy just wanted to make an arrest. Me and a friend were walking in the street and a car came up behind my buddy and honked at him. They yelled at him through the window and my buddy said, ‘Fuck you!’ to the guy in the car, or whatever,” Barnett recalled. “So then my other friend, who’s now handcuffed, was on the sidewalk walking with us and the cop says, ‘You know people wouldn’t be yelling at you if you weren’t walking in the street.’ Shad goes, ‘Well, there’s plenty of room for these people to go around.’ He starts saying stuff to Shad and they start going at it and this guy starts flexing his muscle and he’s like, ‘Give me your license. I’m going to give you a ticket for jaywalking.’ [Shad's] like, ‘I’m not jaywalking. I’m on the sidewalk.’ Then it just escalated.”

A female witness who seemed disgusted with the display by police said it was an officer who was in the wrong and not Gaspard.

“This could go on the Internet easily. This is wrong. He didn’t do anything. He did nothing. What did they claim, that he spit on ‘em? He didn’t spit on anybody. He did not do nothing. He didn’t do nothing wrong. Hey, you didn’t do nothing wrong. We got it. We got it on video. It’s all on video…The cop did nothing but egg him on the whole time.”

A longtime friend of former Strikeforce light heavyweight champ Muhammed King Mo’ Lawal, Gaspard has a background training in MMA and is rumored to have contemplated competing in the sport following his release from the WWE last year. Gaspard set up a tryout with the WWE for Lawal four years ago, but convinced the up-and-coming fighter to put pro wrestling on the back burner until his MMA career is over. Shad, who signed with MMA legend Antonio Inoki’s Inoki Genome Federation (IGF) wrestling Japanese wrestling organization last month says that he is contemplating legal action for his unfair treatment by Columbus the police. He appeared in Columbus court yesterday, but details of what transpired have yet to emerge.

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Bootylam- March 9, 2011 at 9:42 am
Yo I'm back! Let's not forget that most cops are not very smart (sorry its true) and if there's one thing dumb people know its how to harass people and attack in various ways for no real reason. Jaywalking? Gimme a fucking break. Almost ANYBODY would resist that bullshit excuse for getting hassled.
ghostboner- March 8, 2011 at 11:37 pm
Wow I'm surprised no one got to it yet, so.... Fuck tha police, fuck, fuck, fuck tha police! Fuckin wit me cause I'm a teenager, wit a little bit a gold and a pager........
Biffmiester- March 8, 2011 at 10:06 pm
Well, at least he could perhaps take comfort in knowing that he'll land a role in the next Botchamania.
ccman- March 8, 2011 at 3:57 pm
Now mr. Lawyer. Watch the video and count how many of these honestly just being decent rules were broken after they pushed a cop into an arrest for a minor nothing. I quit at 17. Fuckstick went to jail by being a "noone can tell me nothin" idiot and his idiot friends dumped gas on his fire. Would LOVE to read the charges. I say it everyday at work. I can lie and have you arrested, your truth will just add to it. Though I'm sure mr civil rights yet the aclu won't touch him lawyer will argue. Its fact of life. I'm just sad barrnett didn't go with him in his fight to the death.
ccman- March 8, 2011 at 3:50 pm
I hire cop. Lots of them. The 3 things all cops will tell you,
Minus a felony.
1. Tell them the truth. If it is minor you get a 50% chance of them being human and relaxing and offering a way out. They rarely want to arrest you for minor bullshit.
2. Be polite. Act aggressive and conversation is over. Act like a fool and they have 50 ways to fuck you back. May not stick but sure as fuck will cost you. In same thought do not assume you know the law. Maybe 10% of all lawyers actually on the spot know the actual law. All cops have a failsafe "screw you back" law in their pocket. P.I. being the norm. Read it in any state, anyone at anytime can get one. Also saying you "know your rights" sounds great in rap and movies, in real life just cost you 5k in legal fees.
3. Tell your idiot friends to quit 'helping' you. They won't. Follow all instructions completely. If you act like a threat you will be treated as one.
HomeSchooled- March 8, 2011 at 3:10 pm
I was there when that happened. I saw Barnett and wanted to get a pic of him. He looked pissed and now I know why.

No real relevance to the story. I just wanted to say I say Barnett pissed.
RwilsonR- March 8, 2011 at 3:10 pm
@ nicky - I get your point that he doesn't have to cooperate, but most states have stop and identify statutes, and in many states failure to identify yourself to a police officer alone can give cause for arrest. So when he was uncooperative with the ID, he helped cause the situation. I agree it seems the cops overreacted based on the video, but they may have been within their authority.
RwilsonR- March 8, 2011 at 2:56 pm
ccman and Limfamous are correct. If he had simply said, "Sorry sir, I didn't see that car and I'll step up on the sidewalk" that would have been the end of it. They targetted him, and not Barnett, because as Barnett confirms, it was Shad who was arguing with the police. When a big angry man starts angrily arguing with police, they need to take precautions so that it doesn't turn into more than an argument. The only person who brought race into it was Shad.
@ nickyroose - you say, "...according to the only version of events shown above..." to make your point. But that's the problem. That is a limited version of events that doesn't show what happened, yet you are trying to make your point from that. It is like the Rodney King video, where they only show the 25 seconds of the cops beating him, but they don't show the 20 minutes of that fucker leading them on a dangerous chase and then attacking them in a PCP-induced rage.
Limfamous- March 8, 2011 at 2:28 pm
@BossNasty: how would I be a "crap ass public defender" if I'm arguing FOR the police, dummy? Haha ya ok.. "wait for it.. suck my dick.." Good one dude!
BossNasty- March 8, 2011 at 2:00 pm
@CP I know I've been quiet for quite some time, but if I may...

@Limfamous--You are obviously a crap ass public defender, who with the facts right in your face still make assumptions. Then you have the nerve to accuse someone else of making assumptions like you didn't just do it yourself. You know, not every case of police vs minorities is a case of racism but if you can't admit that there are many cases out there and that this one does seem to fall in that category then you sir are a bitch and can...Wait for it....Suck my dick. I'm out
nickyroose- March 8, 2011 at 1:58 pm
@Lim damn lack of edit button eh? Well there you have made a reasonable argument. I am also a lawyer, and I merely meant to separate myself from the assumption that I have had "My fair share of jail days". From the evidence on the tape I see no resistance. I agree it does seem they have overreacted at least some and that Shad was not doing everything he could to have avoided the situation. My argument is merely, he does not have to.
Limfamous- March 8, 2011 at 1:20 pm
*love how you
Limfamous- March 8, 2011 at 1:19 pm
LOL @ nickyroose. You are making way too many assumptions there, buddy. "He did not resist or act out in any way"? And you know this for sure because you were there? I also love you how dropped "prima facie" in one of your previous posts haha. What a nerd! I'm a lawyer and I can tell you that even the biggest law geeks will never use "prima facie" unless drafting a formal legal argument. Anyways - I can see the arguments on both sides. I agree that the police often fail to meet the high standard that society places on them. They may have overreacted a bit here but there's no way that Shad is not partially to blame for what happened.
nickyroose- March 8, 2011 at 12:52 pm
@ jeffmcbus and CCman

Not fucking with you guys, according to the only version of events shown above it was NOT him who was Jaywalking. and Further this is fucking America, you get to say whatever you want to whoever you want with just a couple restrictions codified in the Constitution. There is no "contempt of cop". So while someone may be an asshole for talking shit to someone, they are given that right, regardless if that someone is a cop.

FIGHT WITH A COP? It is readily apparent if he felt that he wanted to fight he had the tools necessary to whip the shit outta that cop.

So much cop love. What other job can you have a high school diploma three months of training and make 140 grand a year. Everyone who ALWAYS sides with COPs or citizens is wrong. Look at the situation and assume everyone in the crowd has gotten together to conspire against the officer. Strangers banding together, for some nefarious purpose get real.

Judge that guy on the ground by his ACTIONs. He did not resist or act out in anyway. Everything he said is constitutionally permitted. No resistance no calling the cops pigs nothing but cooperation.
jeffmcbusa- March 8, 2011 at 12:23 pm
@ccman thanks for making my point for me. It's funny how people like mr pickynose can have a whole different twist on the truth. Always amazes me. We don't see what happens before the camera rolls but judging by the actions of the guy in cuffs and the "friends" with him, no wonder he got arrested. When the race card gets played it always makes the situation even more absurd!
El Famous Burrito- March 8, 2011 at 11:38 am
El Guapo Says:
"In Canada, they call sidewalks streets. But they call streets ham. Go figure."
OK, I lol'd.
GILL-uh-TEEN- March 8, 2011 at 11:36 am
I counted 5 or 6 cops. I had no idea Columbus had such an elite police force.
ccman- March 8, 2011 at 11:21 am
Again @nick. He WAS jaywalking. In the tape they admit it. The point in question was spitting. Either way, fight with a cop, more cops show up. Act polite and show an ounce of respect and AMAZINGLY.... better things happen.
Apologist my ass. You reap what you sow.
destinationblood- March 8, 2011 at 11:20 am
the whole nation of domination is going to come down on columbus......
ccman- March 8, 2011 at 11:16 am
@nicky. Somehow I imagine you have had your fair share of jail days. Facist? The chicks mouthing off, the guys mouthing off, and mr camera has himself on tape arguing a police directive..... ummmm hate cops all day, amazing how some people ALWAYS have problems with the law while "doin nuthin" and others at worst get tickets. Try reviewing behavior of perps, not cops from a bias.
I'm no cop, but I certainly feel for how everyone wants to tape them and spin the circumstance, like dumbass chicks fighting the cop. In seattle. I would have still been beating those dumb bitches. Not cuz they are black, because they are that stupid.
El Guapo- March 8, 2011 at 11:14 am
In Canada, they call sidewalks streets. But they call streets ham. Go figure.
nickyroose- March 8, 2011 at 11:11 am
@ CCman

Apologist. If some cop accuses you of Jaywalking and you clearly weren't and 9 cops show up and not one is even a woman just 9 white dudes and your in a white city and another black guy crosses the street and the cop thinks it's you because you're black how does that not at least prima facie look like rascism?
El Famous Burrito- March 8, 2011 at 11:08 am
To be honest, I had a hard time following the narrative in that story. I thought Shad was the one jaywalking, saying they were on the sidewalk, then in the street, then on the sidewalk again.
ccman- March 8, 2011 at 11:07 am
If you act like a dick to cops do not be shocked when they become bigger dicks. I am always amazed how few grasp this simple concept, it works the world over. Anyone else shocked that this idiot is a barrnett buddy? Guess mr fight to the death only means when paid.
Fyi... any sympathy was gone the second the race card came out and his buddy acts like he's got rodney king tape going on. He has 9 min of the police patiently waiting for transport while they continue to act the ass. I'm sure the D.A. will be impressed.
nickyroose- March 8, 2011 at 11:04 am
I agree with the lady, "This can go on internet". It meets the high standards of the internet.

@ Limfamous
Wrong. He wasn't even the one who Jaywalked.
But seriously look how no matter how clear-cut dead in the wrong cops are some fascist jumps out to defend them. EFB wins comment of the hours over Fried T because the better joke was a simple, "Man wrestling is so fake." Viva doesn't win because I had to look it up once I did Brilliance.