Skip to comments.West Point stands by punishment for cadet in LaBelle incident
Posted on 06/07/2011 12:54:39 PM PDT by freedommom
West Point officials will stand by their decision to kick Houston senior cadet Richard King out of the Army military academy in the wake of a March altercation involving soul singer Patti LaBelle at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
The academys Monday statement was the first regarding the attack, which left the 23-year-old man with a concussion and lingering symptoms. Kings attorney, John Raley, had asked the academy to reconsider the dismissal.
Although academy officials did not discuss details of the King case, the former student said he had been placed in an 18-month, active-duty mentorship program for violating the academys code of honor. At the end of the program, he would be eligible to apply for re-admission.
"The U.S. Military Academy completed a thorough investigation regarding the incident that occurred at the Houston airport on March 11, 2011..." academy officials said. "Following this investigation, the Academy chain of command took appropriate action in accordance with Army Regulation 210-26."
Raley today said that King was "a good soldier and will proudly serve his country wherever he is deployed."
"When he completes his 18 month tour of duty, he will reapply to West Point," Raley said in an email. "...Richard was honored to be a West Point cadet, and, God willing, will be one again."
Raley likened West Points decision to drop King from the academy to a judges decision in court. "We must respect the decision regardless of our personal feelings," he said.
Last week, Kings attorney filed a civil suit against LaBelle, three of her employees, an airport taxi dispatcher and the city of Houston to obtain actual and punitive damages in connection with the incident.
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This is just so wrong on so many levels.
Let’s hope this 8-12 month mentorship program will allow our Cadet to heal, pursue his claim in court and return with full health and complete attention to his career at West Point.
The article is unclear as to whether the airport security video backs up the cadet’s story or not.
I hope he sues LaBelle and her goon squad for all they are worth.
>The article is unclear as to whether the airport security video backs up the cadets story or not.
The video is on You Tube and thoroughly backs up his story. He was basically walking by using his cell phone and got roughed up.
The new unwritten rule, p!$$ off some special person defined as a celebrity, corporate/gov’t executive and you will be made an example of !
Hopefully when he goes back to West Point we have a new Commander in Chief.
And yet again HPD has gone down the sewer. The work of chief Sam Nuchia has gone down the drain.
Outrage! But that is what you get for joining today’s politically correct military.
My advise, don’t join the Army. They are as corrupt as any other government agency.
Good news: He may win millions of dollars from LaBelle — and possibly from the USMA, although they may be immune from suit.
Bad news: Where does he go to get his good name back? “Kicked out of West Point for being in a drunken fight” is technically true but woefully unfair.
Obviously West Point knows something we don’t. I tend to trust their judgement on this one.
Believe me, Hudson High could care less who Patti LaBelle is or isn’t.
The video is there in the article.
The kid got too close to princess labelle’s luggage, so he got beaten. After the beating, the cops had their pictures taken with the celebrity.
welcome to obamaerica.
I assume members of the Senate or House have been contacted and have seen the video. Do any of them have the balls to call the head of West Point to testify. I doubt it.
Thanks, I don’t have high speed internet, so I avoid videos. That is what I thought that I read.
So, did the academy go with the accusation of public drunkenness? What is the regulation that he is said to have violated?
I second that.
Correct. It was an honor code violation - he probably lied about drinking when asked about the incident, and then changed his story when the facts began to emerge.
>So, did the academy go with the accusation of public drunkenness? What is the regulation that he is said to have violated?
I am not familiar enough with the regulations to say. I imagine the honor code is available somewhere.
They mentioned in the original article that the La Belle people had accused the cadet of being drunk in public, which they knew to be a violation of the honor code. The Cadet had had 2 drinks aboard the airplane.
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