Wrestler Says He Was Wrongly Arrested After 'Arnold'


UPDATED: Thursday March 10, 2011 6:26 AM

A professional wrestler and businessman, who was in town for the Arnold Fitness Festival claims he was mistreated by Columbus police officers.

On Monday former WWE wrestler Shad Gaspard said he was considering filing a complaint against the officers who ticketed him for jaywalking and arrested him on charges of obstruction of official business and resisting arrest over the weekend, 10TV's Tanisha Mallett reported.

Gaspard said when people left the convention center on Saturday afternoon it was so crowded that some were forced to walk in the street.

He said when he noticed a car speeding down the street he went to tell a police officer and claims the officer over-reacted because he was intimidated by his size.

RAW VIDEO: Gaspard's Arrest

Gaspard said the altercation started after he told a police officer that the car, which he said almost struck a teenager, was still on the street and told the officer he should get the license plate.

He said he knows that at 6 feet 7 inches tall he can be intimidating and said he knelt down when talking to the officer.

"I'm letting him stand over me," Gaspard said. "He pushed me from here and pounded me on my back."

Cell phone video obtained by 10TV News showed witnesses who saw the altercation telling police that Gaspard did not do anything wrong.   Police said there were only three people walking in the street and a police officer asked them to clear the roadway.

A Columbus Division of Police public information officer said two of them complied but Gaspard became belligerent and refused to provide his identification after numerous requests.

That is when he was taken down by the officers.  Two other officers are also seen on the video assisting.

Gaspard returned to his home near Houston, Texas on Monday, but said he will come back to Columbus in the future for any court dates.

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