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Officer Disciplined in Kennedy Crash (Too late boys)
ABC News ^ | 5 May 2006 | Lisa Stark and Mary Walsh

Posted on 05/06/2006 1:43:39 PM PDT by SkyPilot

Investigation Continues as Congressman Enters Mayo Clinic

May 5, 2006 — Capitol Police have taken disciplinary action against a watch commander for the handling of Rep. Patrick Kennedy's car accident, acting Capitol Police Chief Christopher McGaffin said.


Lou Cannon of of the Fraternal Order of Police for the District of Columbia said there are questions about whether Rep. Patrick Kennedy received special treatment. (ABC News)

McGaffin said the incident was improperly delayed due to "poor judgment" on the part of police managers and that a field sobriety test should have been administered to Kennedy after his car hit a barrier near the Capitol at 2:45 a.m. on Thursday.

The police report said Kennedy was speeding and his eyes were "red and watery." It also stated that his speech was slightly slurred and that upon exiting his vehicle his balance was "unsure."

Kennedy announced earlier today that he would enter the Mayo Clinic for treatment for addiction to prescription pain medication.

There are questions about why Kennedy was not given a sobriety test immediately after the accident.

"I would say within law enforcement that there is probably … concern that consideration was given a member of Congress that would not be afforded a normal citizen on the street," said Lou Cannon, president of the Fraternal Order of Police for the District of Columbia.

McGaffin would not elaborate on the disciplinary actions, but he did say "significant administrative and personnel corrective action has been taken." Other officers may be disciplined. No one has been fired at this point.

The report indicates alcohol may have played a role in the crash, but officers from the Capitol Police on the scene were apparently told by their supervisors to simply drive Kennedy home. Kennedy has said that he did not ask for special treatment.

A police officer in Los Angeles said it appears that standard procedures, which would include a field sobriety test if the driver was found to have bloodshot eyes or slurred speech, were not followed.

LAPD Detective Felix Padilla said if an officer suspects driving under the influence he has an "obligation to do that."

"We have a duty to the public to protect the public, and to ignore that would be neglect on our part," he said.

Kennedy has said he was not drinking but had taken the sleeping pill Ambien and another drug that can cause drowsiness. Experts say Ambien has been linked to so-called sleep driving — where users are not even aware they are behind the wheel.

Kennedy has long struggled with depression and drug addiction and now the congressman admitted that he once again needs help.


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Too late - Kennedy will never be charged now. They let him off, he cooked up a story about addiction to prescription drugs, and another Kennedy escapes justice - again.

I hope they fire those cops. Ridiculous.

1 posted on 05/06/2006 1:43:41 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot
"significant administrative and personnel corrective action has been taken."

What is it? A week of paid leave and a "stern talkin' to"?

2 posted on 05/06/2006 1:47:44 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Never ask a Kennedy if he'll have another drink. It's nobody's business how much he's had already.)
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To: SkyPilot

For a cover-up at this level, prison is called for.


3 posted on 05/06/2006 1:48:55 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: KarlInOhio

A week spent on the Kennedy yacht...


4 posted on 05/06/2006 1:49:08 PM PDT by trashcanbred (Anti-social and anti-socialist)
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To: SkyPilot

What about the Congressional Investigation of this pos?


5 posted on 05/06/2006 1:49:32 PM PDT by pankot
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To: trashcanbred
A week spent on the Kennedy yacht...

I just hope he is smart enough to insist on driving himself.

6 posted on 05/06/2006 1:50:16 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Never ask a Kennedy if he'll have another drink. It's nobody's business how much he's had already.)
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To: SkyPilot

SCOTT FREE!


7 posted on 05/06/2006 1:50:36 PM PDT by Dallas59
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To: ansel12

Welcome to the democRat social club.


8 posted on 05/06/2006 1:50:41 PM PDT by boomop1 (there you go again)
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To: SkyPilot

Too late - Kennedy will never be charged now. They let him off, he cooked up a story about addiction to prescription drugs, and another Kennedy escapes justice - again.




Agreed,....no way now to prove he had been drinking..other than his bar tab...but, then he could say he was buying drinks for othe patrons...


9 posted on 05/06/2006 1:50:45 PM PDT by mystery-ak (Army Wife and Army Mother.....toughest job in the military)
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To: SkyPilot

Fox is reporting that a woman was with him that night who tried to get him to not leave the house -- and that she can back up his story that he was not drinking.

Um, where was she Thursday?


10 posted on 05/06/2006 1:50:49 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: SkyPilot

You must have beat me by seconds in posting this. As I said on the thread that I posted...It is sad that these guys get off on internal discipline. Only The police and government types get away with that. The rest of us would be charged with a crime and have to go to court. This guy should too.


11 posted on 05/06/2006 1:52:01 PM PDT by Revel
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To: SkyPilot
"significant administrative and personnel corrective action has been taken."

Paid vacation no doubt. WOW....that will show him!

12 posted on 05/06/2006 1:52:44 PM PDT by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: Howlin
Um, where was she Thursday?

I think she had some pressing business at the bank to take care of that day. Some sort of wire transfer.
13 posted on 05/06/2006 1:53:23 PM PDT by P-40 (http://www.590klbj.com/forum/index.php?referrerid=1854)
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To: SkyPilot
Experts say Ambien has been linked to so-called sleep driving — where users are not even aware they are behind the wheel.

Are these "experts" Democrats by any chance?

14 posted on 05/06/2006 1:53:51 PM PDT by American Quilter
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To: P-40

Fox is calling her "The Mystery Woman."

This smells to high heaven. AGAIN.

And Fox is saying he has admitted to binge drinking.

I've lost count of how many things he has admitted to in the last three days.

His story keeps evoloving.


15 posted on 05/06/2006 1:55:50 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: SkyPilot

Fox is reporting that Kennedy had a mystery woman in his car....


16 posted on 05/06/2006 1:55:57 PM PDT by mystery-ak (Army Wife and Army Mother.....toughest job in the military)
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To: SkyPilot
"Kennedy has said that he did not ask for special treatment"

Every time I've seen this statement in an article I want to scream. These reporters are all such biased DOLTs, they don't ask the most obvious question. Patsy Kennedy also claims he remembers nothing of the episode, not even driving his car. Why don't any of the MSM pick up on this glaring, staggering contradiction??? He wants it both ways: (1) assure the public that he never asked for any special treatment, and (2) pretend it was some kind of conflict of medications producing such a blackout that he has no memories.

So which is it Patsy, are you lying when you say you don't remember anything at all or are you lying when you assert that you know (i.e., REMEMBER) that you did not ask for any special treatment???
17 posted on 05/06/2006 1:56:00 PM PDT by Enchante (General Hayden: I've Never Taken a Domestic Flight That Landed in Waziristan!)
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To: SkyPilot
Officer's gonna get it worse than Kennedy.   Privilege must be something, huh?   You can and do abuse everything, and the little people let you off scot free.
18 posted on 05/06/2006 1:56:13 PM PDT by Lady Jag (Learning to shrug is the beginning of wisdom)
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To: American Quilter
Are these "experts" Democrats by any chance?

All the experts I've seen say the only way that happens is when you mix alcohol with it.

19 posted on 05/06/2006 1:56:40 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: KarlInOhio
I may have spoken too soon. Check this out!

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Detectives probing U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy’s early-morning car wreck interviewed workers at the Hawk ’n’ Dove bar yesterday while rank-and-file Capitol police are pushing prosecutors to throw the book at the well-connected pol. “Mr. Kennedy, by his own admission, was operating under the influence of narcotics, which is a violation,” said Lou Cannon, president of the Capitol police union.

Cannon said detectives probing the Rhode Island Democrat’s 2:45 a.m. wreck visited several watering holes along Pennsylvania Avenue yesterday, asking bartenders and waitstaff if they saw Kennedy in the hours before the congressman crashed his Mustang convertible into a security barricade.

Kennedy checked himself into a Minnesota rehab center last night. Among the bars detectives were focused on was the Hawk ’n’ Dove, a popular tavern that Kennedy is known to frequent, Cannon said.

The Herald reported yesterday that a hostess at the Hawk ’n’ Dove said she saw Kennedy drinking in the bar Wednesday night. Employees at the pub declined comment yesterday. Cannon said despite Kennedy’s decision to seek treatment for his booze and drug problem, detectives are continuing to build a case for prosecutors

20 posted on 05/06/2006 1:57:24 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: KarlInOhio
No, actually, it is the guaranteed job as yet another Kennedy butt-boy retainer guarding Teddy and family from the unwanted attention of the public they so cravenly profess to serve.
21 posted on 05/06/2006 1:57:48 PM PDT by MCCRon58 (Those who can, do. Those who can't, teach. Those who do neither, complain!)
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To: SkyPilot
Too late - Kennedy will never be charged now - and another Kennedy escapes justice - again.

Bingo! We have a winner!

22 posted on 05/06/2006 1:57:50 PM PDT by rockabyebaby (Say what you feel, those that matter don't mind, those that mind don't matter.)
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To: Howlin

So....he went home..took his meds...went to bed....got up asleep and dressed....picked up the mystery woman/or woke her up too....and then headed to Cap Hill to vote where he wrecked his mustang....


23 posted on 05/06/2006 1:58:08 PM PDT by mystery-ak (Army Wife and Army Mother.....toughest job in the military)
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To: SkyPilot
"...but had taken the sleeping pill Ambien..."

Something he always does prior to heading up to Capitol hill for a vote.

24 posted on 05/06/2006 1:58:49 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Remember the Alamo!)
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To: mystery-ak

It sounds like they are saying she was in the house.

Of course, my immediate reaction was that he's saying a woman was there to prove his a "man's man"............LOL!

Also, look at this I posted on another thread:

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Let's see here:

Example 1:

-Saturday @ 6:30 p.m.: Cheney accidentally shoots fellow hunter Harry Whittington while aiming for a bird. Secret Service agents and medical personnel with Cheney tend to wounds on Whittington's face, neck and chest.

-Sunday @ 1:15 p.m.: Local paper gets news of Cheney hunting accident.

-Sunday @ 3:15 p.m. - The Associated Press, following up on the local story, moves a news alert about the shooting.

-Followed by outrage by the MSM because they weren't immediately notified.


Example 2:

-Tuesday morning @ 2:45 a.m. - Patrick Kennedy crashes into Capitol security gate, is visibly staggering and cited for three traffic offenses.

-Tuesday @ 4:16 p.m. - Roll Call posts story about Kennedy car crash:
(Officers Claim Brass Interfered in Investigation of Rep. Kennedy Incident, Thursday, May 4; 4:16 pm, By John McArdle, Roll Call Staff)

- ????






What's missing here?


I submit it's the outrage from the MSM that David Gregory wasn't called at 3:00 a.m.


25 posted on 05/06/2006 1:59:36 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Revel
Agreed. But, check out my other post referencing the other thread.

It appears the cops are embarassed now, and their superiors are in no mood for games.

I heard a rumor that because of this incidence, and the foot dragging to get superviors to agree to arrest Congresswoman McKinney, there was a threat of a full force revolt by the rank and file.

I hope it is true.

26 posted on 05/06/2006 2:00:45 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: KarlInOhio

A"Severe Knuckle-Rapping"!


27 posted on 05/06/2006 2:00:47 PM PDT by bandleader
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To: Howlin

I submit it's the outrage from the MSM that David Gregory wasn't called at 3:00 a.m.



Maybe David is the mystery woman?


28 posted on 05/06/2006 2:01:00 PM PDT by mystery-ak (Army Wife and Army Mother.....toughest job in the military)
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To: Howlin
.. a woman was with him that night who tried to get him to not leave the house -- and that she can back up his story that he was not drinking.

She'd better. If she values her life.

That bar hostess too.
29 posted on 05/06/2006 2:01:50 PM PDT by uncitizen
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To: uncitizen

I hate thinking like that, I really do.

But....I've seen this show before; too many woman involved with the Kennedys take the money and shut up.


30 posted on 05/06/2006 2:03:09 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: SkyPilot
there was a threat of a full force revolt by the rank and file.

Oh, wouldn't THAT be fun!

31 posted on 05/06/2006 2:04:01 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: mystery-ak
Fox is reporting that Kennedy had a mystery woman in his car....

That is a cooked up alibi, and everyone knows it. She is telling reporters she was with him, and will sign an affidavit saying "he wasn't drinking that night."

The Kennedy liars (lawyers) and spin artists have finally decided upon a strategy.

1. Get him into rehab ASAP to deflect attention from the DUI and to elicit sympathy from any judge this may come before.

2. Destroy any evidence out there they can (credit card statements at the bars, etc).

3. Cook up an alibi to support their lies.

32 posted on 05/06/2006 2:04:38 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

Kennedy has said that he did not ask for special treatment.
B/S what was the statement I am on the way to vote for? There are only three things he could be arrested for if indeed he were on the way to vote and DUI is not one of them.


33 posted on 05/06/2006 2:05:02 PM PDT by gunnedah
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To: Howlin

She would have come out sooner - but she was waiting for the check to clear.

As for the cops who say he was drunk, well, if they don't shut up, some Kennedy family operative will "find" pictures of them having sex with underage boys.


34 posted on 05/06/2006 2:06:59 PM PDT by Emmett McCarthy
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To: SkyPilot
. . . consideration was given a member of Congress that would not be afforded a normal citizen on the street.

Ya think? If they don't have to pay the taxes they impose upon the rest of us I don't see why they'd have to be subject to DWI laws, too.

35 posted on 05/06/2006 2:07:08 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew
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To: SkyPilot

4. Pay off and/or threaten any witnesses who may come foward with the truth.


36 posted on 05/06/2006 2:07:23 PM PDT by uncitizen
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To: uncitizen

Democrats don't like people who talk.


37 posted on 05/06/2006 2:07:30 PM PDT by Luke21
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To: SkyPilot

I am sure by now that the two employees at the bar were mistaken......they were unavailable for comment, both are on vacation to Bermuda...


38 posted on 05/06/2006 2:08:05 PM PDT by mystery-ak (Army Wife and Army Mother.....toughest job in the military)
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To: Howlin
I've seen this show before; too many woman involved with the Kennedys take the money and shut up.

I am afraid you may be right Howlin.

Also, I have seen the rumors that Patrick is gay on the other threads, but we have no evidence of it and I don't want to fuel those.

The only inclination I have that it may be true is that he is almost 39 years old and single.

39 posted on 05/06/2006 2:08:59 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: Luke21
Democrats don't like people who talk.

Especially people who talk with funny accents.
40 posted on 05/06/2006 2:09:18 PM PDT by uncitizen
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To: Howlin
Now that the police are being held to account, PK won't be getting off scot-free again.

Long overdue.

41 posted on 05/06/2006 2:10:00 PM PDT by NewYorker
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To: SkyPilot; All
John Edwards was right when he said there are "two Americas", because there are.

Every now and then, we catch a glimpse of the other one, the one where responsibility is a joke, and consequences don't exist for certain behaviors that would be disastrous for persons in the "other America".

America has a ruling class. We don't like to admit it, but we have aristocracy in this country just like all the other ones do, because we fail to hold politicians accountable through the use of term limits and other measures that would keep them in line.

We will soon forget this incident, just like all the others, including PK's murdering father, because they keep us busy dealing with our own issues like filling our gas tanks.

You saw it all in full focus this week; Patrick Kennedy tells a bold-faced lie, CNN was ready and willing to back him up with a supporting story, as was the print media, now we have a girl hired to say she was with Kennedy, and the bar tab from the place Kennedy was drinking as disappeared, as well as the memories of the people who saw him there.

All it took was a few dollars to the right people, and the story goes away. This is America. Still the greatest, but sometimes, not so great.

42 posted on 05/06/2006 2:10:38 PM PDT by Pukin Dog (Sans Reproache)
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To: Enchante
Why don't any of the MSM pick up on this glaring, staggering contradiction???

And why would a Kennedy *ask* for special consideration? It's supposed to be automatic.
43 posted on 05/06/2006 2:11:25 PM PDT by P-40 (http://www.590klbj.com/forum/index.php?referrerid=1854)
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To: martin_fierro

Photo below courtesy of Martin Fierro.


44 posted on 05/06/2006 2:11:33 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: trashcanbred
The Kennedy Yacht


45 posted on 05/06/2006 2:11:58 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: trashcanbred

"Lie after lie, after lie, after lie, after lie, after lie......."

46 posted on 05/06/2006 2:12:35 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: NewYorker

I knew they would trash the Capitol Police.

Don't get me wrong; these guys SHOULD be reprimanded.

But before this is over, those fools on the Hill are going to 'realign' the CPO so they won't "bother" them anymore.


47 posted on 05/06/2006 2:12:55 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: SkyPilot

You're exactly right; I did exactly what makes me sick about the liberals.

I should not have alluded to his sexual orientation; my only excuse is that I was making a lame joke.


48 posted on 05/06/2006 2:14:24 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: SkyPilot

>>Too late - Kennedy will never be charged now. They let him off, he cooked up a story about addiction to prescription drugs, and another Kennedy escapes justice - again.<<

There are successful prosecutions without chemical evidence - particularly when you go on TV and admit you were on drugs and then witnesses turn up that you were drinking.


49 posted on 05/06/2006 2:14:50 PM PDT by gondramB (He who angers you, in part, controls you. But he may not enjoy what the rest of you does about it.)
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To: Pukin Dog

"There are two Americas! One for rich Democrats, and one for the rest of y'all."

50 posted on 05/06/2006 2:15:36 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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