Former WWE star Shad Gaspard was arrested last Saturday in Columbus after jaywalking and charged with the obstruction of official business and resisting arrest. He was cuffed an taken to the local county jail, where he posed for the mug shot shown here.
Unfortunately that’s not where this story ends.
Earlier this week it was announced that Gaspard was looking into filing a complaint against the police department and the officers involved with the arrest. Gaspard is claiming that he was wrongfully arrested as a result of racial profiling and that he “did not break a law”.
In his defense is a video that was released to TMZ that shows Gaspard face first on the sidewalk with three cops on top of him while onlookers repeatedly tell the camera and the officers that “he did nothing wrong”. Gaspard then asks the officers, “Why am I being arrested… what did I do to get arrested?” and continued with, “I am not breaking a law… I am not resisting…I did not jaywalk.”
After about 30 seconds, the initial arresting officers finally tells him that he is being arrested for jaywalking and obstructing a car. This claim sparks a quick denial by Gaspard and the other pedestrians, and ends with Gaspard being shoved harder into the ground and the cameraman, who happens to be white, admitting that he was also walking on the street with Gaspard and two other people.
According to a rep for the Columbus Police Department, Gaspard was seen walking in the road and obstructing traffic and that the video “does not show the events which led to Mr. Gaspard being put on the ground and being placed in handcuffs.” It was only after being told to get out of the street, and refusing several times to hand over his ID, when the officers decided to cuff Gaspard. However, as they were trying to take him into custody, he allegedly “broke free” and was therefore taken to the ground.
At this point in time, it’s basically one person’s story versus the other. The only thing that both of the sides can seem to agree on is that there was some sort of street-walking taking place. Unfortunately for Gaspard, though, evidence shows that the officers word is more powerful, despite him having a plethora of video witnesses to this “false crime”. If this does end up going to court then hopefully the truth will get revealed because this sort dispute should never happen.
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