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Patti LaBelle [ordered bodyguards to assault innocent person] Sued By West Pointer Over Guard Attack
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Posted on 06/03/2011 3:14:06 PM PDT by grundle

Never come between the "Godmother of Soul" and her luggage. That's the lesson a West Point cadet says he learned at Houston airport when he charges Patti LaBelle's security guards roughed him up.

Richard King, 23, is suing LaBelle over the incident, captured on surveillance video last March 11 at Bush Intercontinental Airport.

King, a Houston resident who is a senior at the military academy, had come home for spring break when he wandered close to LaBelle's limousine. He was talking to his brother on his cellphone when her bodyguards "sprang into action," according to the civil suit he filed this week against the singer and her entourage.

"Apparently defendant LaBelle believed King was standing too close to her (no doubt expensive) luggage, even though he was oblivious to her presence," the lawsuit says. "LaBelle lowered the window of her limousine and gave a command to a trio of bodyguards. " The suit says LaBelle "watched the vicious assault, with approval, from her limousine."

The video shows King being punched and falling against a concrete pillar. He tries three times to get up and finally moves away from the scene. After an ambulance takes him away, the video shows Houston cops posing with LaBelle for a photo. Blood is seen on the ground nearby.

King, who suffered a concussion, has no memory of the incident. "I remember waking up the next morning with staples in my head," he said. He is "shocked" when he watches the video. "I've never been in a fight in my life," he says.

West Point has taken disciplinary action against King after they were notified of the incident by Houston cops, Raley says. He is being busted to private and deployed to active duty. He had been scheduled to graduate in December with the rank of second lieutenant.

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KEYWORDS: army; crime; donutwatch; fatprawn; iraq; ladymarmalade; military; mypeople; nifong; nifonged; pattilabelle; richardking; securitycamera; westpoint; westport
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Here's the security video footage:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2gqgFNyPL8

1 posted on 06/03/2011 3:14:11 PM PDT by grundle
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To: grundle
Patti LaBelle needs bodyguards... Really?
2 posted on 06/03/2011 3:18:05 PM PDT by Shqipo (I am the unofficial originator of the Mega-Bump! Only use judiciously.)
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To: grundle

I hope she loses millions for it.


3 posted on 06/03/2011 3:19:29 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Public employee unions are the barbarian hordes of our time.)
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To: grundle

Well, there it is. The cadet was expelled from West Point over this incident. Just amazing that this can happen over a cop’s say-so without criminal or civil charges.


4 posted on 06/03/2011 3:19:54 PM PDT by Tallguy (Received a fine from the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit.)
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To: grundle

Did you notice the way the fat a-hole stood over him while he was supine?

Given what I have heard about her and the people she surrounds herself with, I have a pretty good guess as to what kind of talk was coming out of his pie-hole.


5 posted on 06/03/2011 3:20:13 PM PDT by rlmorel (Capitalism is the Goose that lays The Golden Egg.)
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To: grundle
He's just a lowly White male...he has no rights.

In a just world, he would get all Patti's money.

As it is, he'll probably be charged with racism.

6 posted on 06/03/2011 3:21:25 PM PDT by blam
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To: grundle

New Attitude needed?


7 posted on 06/03/2011 3:24:17 PM PDT by pogo101
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To: grundle

It doesn’t surprise me one bit..People like that are savages and the people like her that stand by and let the savage hurt this boy should be put in jail along with the savage..I hope the boy sues the old black cow for a lot of money...


8 posted on 06/03/2011 3:24:28 PM PDT by PLD
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To: grundle

The cops posed with the singer for pictures as seen on the video. These the same guys who wrote the police report and will testify at trial?

Hope the victim cleans up in court. Enough of this.


9 posted on 06/03/2011 3:25:04 PM PDT by bajabaja (Too ugly to be scanned at the airports.)
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To: grundle

It looks like to me that he was standing there, got shoved, pushed back then had his bell rung against the pillar.

To be busted back to private and enlisted? Sue Patti Labelle and her thugs back to the stone age.


10 posted on 06/03/2011 3:26:30 PM PDT by Malsua
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To: grundle

Earlier FR post today: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/2729341/posts


11 posted on 06/03/2011 3:28:28 PM PDT by bvw
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To: grundle

Hopefully Patti will lose her supersized backside over this assault. That is one pathetic video tape.


12 posted on 06/03/2011 3:28:58 PM PDT by bereanway
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To: Tallguy

“The cadet was expelled from West Point..”

The article said “demoted” so I guess that is sort of the same thing. I am wondering why West Point would do that? To stop a man’s career because he was beaten up or because he had a few drinks on the plane?


13 posted on 06/03/2011 3:30:02 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: grundle
Who is Patti LaBelle?

Never heard of her.

14 posted on 06/03/2011 3:30:46 PM PDT by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: grundle

BS meter quivering like crazy on this story.


15 posted on 06/03/2011 3:30:52 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: grundle

BS meter quivering like crazy on this story.


17 posted on 06/03/2011 3:30:56 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: blam

I can’t wait for Omoslem to comment, announcing “The cadet acted stupidly.”


18 posted on 06/03/2011 3:33:01 PM PDT by LyinLibs (All moslems are somewhere on the killing-you spectrum)
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To: momtothree

Technically cadets/midshipmen are considered junior officers. So yes, getting expelled after the start of your junior year and being required by contract to serve as an enlisted man is a defacto demotion.


19 posted on 06/03/2011 3:33:11 PM PDT by Tallguy (Received a fine from the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit.)
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To: grundle
The limousine driver, Zuri Edwards, 37—LaBelle's son-- made a complaint against King but declined to press charges, according to Jody Silva, a spokeswoman for the Houston police department.

The police incident report, based on Edwards' complaint, says that King was belligerent and was harassing the occupants of the limo. When he was asked to step away, he struck Edwards, and a witness then pushed King, the incident report says.

West Point has taken disciplinary action against King after they were notified of the incident by Houston cops, Raley says


My computer has problems with YouTube. Does the viedo show King striking the limo driver? If it doesn't, we know why charges were not carried forward.

I also don't understand why West Point is taking action against King when charges were not filed!
20 posted on 06/03/2011 3:35:33 PM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: grundle; All

There is another thread at http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2729341/posts?q=1&;page=1#1 if anyone is interested.


21 posted on 06/03/2011 3:35:37 PM PDT by rlmorel (Capitalism is the Goose that lays The Golden Egg.)
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To: Malsua

Busted down to private and enlisted, all because the person was assaulted? This is a steaming pile of Bravo Sierra.
Now as an enlisted, will he be allowed to sue the thugs? Yes, I can see obstacles thrown in the way, especially with the political correctness rot that is destroying our military.
The best outcome would be to see Patti Labelle sued to the point where she is camped out under a bridge crossing Buffalo Bayou.


22 posted on 06/03/2011 3:36:21 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (FUBO, the No Talent Pop Star pResident.)
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To: grundle

Looks to me like some West Point officials should be court martialed


23 posted on 06/03/2011 3:36:34 PM PDT by OldNavyVet (One trillion days, at 365 days per year, is 2,739,726,027 years ... almost 3 billion years)
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To: Tallguy

I’m not a military expert, but let’s remember that the Commander in Chief is a “black” muslim.

If West Point doesn’t punish this kid (rightly or wrongly) enough to please Omoslem, can’t Omoslem fire some military brass to remind everyone that he’s the “Big Jihadi” in charge?


24 posted on 06/03/2011 3:36:36 PM PDT by LyinLibs (All moslems are somewhere on the killing-you spectrum)
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To: Tallguy

If you are expelled, don’t you owe the tuition back to the institute? If so, it is no wonder this poor man is suing and I hope he wins big. When we’ve reached a point in society where it is joked about someone getting physically hurt (enough to leave blood where he was lying) and “expensive” diva suitcases... something is very wrong IMHO.


25 posted on 06/03/2011 3:37:59 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: LostInBayport

viedo = video. Not my fault, I was beaten up by Patti LaBelle’s bodyguards while posting. Apparently I breathed in her direction or something.


26 posted on 06/03/2011 3:37:59 PM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: YHAOS
She is one of Eric Holder's people who can sing and dance.


27 posted on 06/03/2011 3:38:09 PM PDT by Realman30 ("I've already made a donation to Haiti. It's called taxes". . . . El Rushbo.)
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To: Shqipo
” Patti LaBelle needs bodyguards... Really? “ ====

Obsessing with her luggage makes one wonder what the heck was in that luggage? Sorry for the 2nd Lieutenant and his botched graduation over thuggery.

28 posted on 06/03/2011 3:41:01 PM PDT by RitaOK
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To: LostInBayport
I also don't understand why West Point is taking action against King when charges were not filed!

Me neither! If he was convicted of public intoxication or assault, that would be grounds for dismissal. But it's pretty clear that the cadet got jumped virtually from behind while he was engaged in a phone call. Then he was driven into a cement stanchion and knocked unconcious.

What I would like to know is who at West Point did the "investigating"? Did they see this video tape? Lastly, what criteria are they using for dismissal these days?

Seems grossly unjust to take a cadet who is slated to graduate this year with an officer's commission over an event that was beyond his control.

29 posted on 06/03/2011 3:41:14 PM PDT by Tallguy (Received a fine from the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit.)
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To: LostInBayport
Does the viedo show King striking the limo driver? If it doesn't, we know why charges were not carried forward.

No, it doesn't.

And you're correct.

30 posted on 06/03/2011 3:43:47 PM PDT by grundle
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To: Psycho_Bunny; RaceBannon; Kathy in Alaska
I hope she loses millions for it.

That is nowhere near enough. The command Staff at West Point have disregarded their personal duty to provide due process. If we are seeing this video, they damned well should have before their actions were finalized.

There are indeed people at West Point who need to be on their way to Iraq as enlisted personnel but Richard King isn't one of them.

31 posted on 06/03/2011 3:45:38 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: momtothree
If you are expelled, don’t you owe the tuition back to the institute?

Yes, but it's taken out in enlisted service. I'm not aware of having to compensate the US Treasury by writing a check.

My college roommate left the Naval Academy a few weeks into his cow (Junior) year. He had to do 18 months on the deck of the USS Independence as "payback". They cut him loose after a single Eastern Med cruise, so he probably only did about half of the obligation.

32 posted on 06/03/2011 3:46:47 PM PDT by Tallguy (Received a fine from the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit.)
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To: grundle

Sue her Moochelle sized butt!! My bet is LaBelle’s “bodyguards” have rap sheets as long as your arm which come the trial will hurt her immensely. Get ready to pay up millions you bloated wasteoid has been!


33 posted on 06/03/2011 3:47:35 PM PDT by dennisw (NZT - "works better if you're already smart")
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To: Realman30
"She is one of Eric Holder's people who can sing and dance."

Still never heard of her.

34 posted on 06/03/2011 3:47:59 PM PDT by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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To: Tallguy
The cadet was expelled from West Point over this incident. Just amazing that this can happen over a cop’s say-so without criminal or civil charges.

I believe that when this happens, the USMA also presents the ex-cadet with a bill for his or her education, which could be many tens of thousands of dollars.

I hope that the USMA reviews their decision and reinstates the cadet.

Mark

35 posted on 06/03/2011 3:50:13 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: YHAOS

Think 1970s.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRDTBNVWKOw


36 posted on 06/03/2011 3:51:31 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Tallguy

If we are getting all of the information, then it is horrible for this cadet. First, you are beaten up while talking on a cell phone because you got too close to some diva’s luggage. You get to wake up with STAPLES in your head only to be told, “guess what, you’re demoted. Everything you busted your butt for up to now is gone”. If West Point demoted based on bad publicity or something stupid like that, SHAME on them. This story just keeps getting worse and worse.


37 posted on 06/03/2011 3:54:12 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: grundle

I just wrote my congressman ...

Nothing works better than doing just that.


38 posted on 06/03/2011 3:54:12 PM PDT by OldNavyVet (One trillion days, at 365 days per year, is 2,739,726,027 years ... almost 3 billion years)
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To: grundle

I hope the boy takes the old has-been sow for every penny she has.


39 posted on 06/03/2011 3:56:03 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: YHAOS

Think 1970s.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRDTBNVWKOw


40 posted on 06/03/2011 3:56:30 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: momtothree

Consider the possiblity that Cadet King was ORDERED not to proceed with this lawsuit, and proceeded anyway.

This is the only way I see them “getting” the cadet this quickly. West Point could not possibly have done a thorough investigation.


41 posted on 06/03/2011 3:56:45 PM PDT by Tallguy (Received a fine from the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit.)
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To: Tallguy

Didn’t hear he was cashiered. Heard he was undedr diciplinary action for “Conduct Unbecomining”......

While I’m not a fan of “ring bangers”, and suspect its possible he was “tippling”, luggage is luggage and it associates with a lot of unwashed/unsightly/honkey luggage in its sojourn in the belly or on carousles. I somehow find it hard to believe Cadet King could be mistaken for the ubiquitous hispanic baggage boosters common to that airport even a couple of decades’ back.

I suspect the “Kaydet” was a victim of “diva ego” - possibly enhanced by publicity needs - of a waning “star”.... >PS


42 posted on 06/03/2011 3:57:09 PM PDT by PiperShade
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To: Tallguy; grundle
What I would like to know is who at West Point did the "investigating"? Did they see this video tape?

I'm thinking West Point made their decision before the lawyer got the video tape. Now that King has a lawyer, I hope they are looking at a way to appeal West Point's decision. Show them the video and then have them read the limo driver's complaint again. The two don't match up.
43 posted on 06/03/2011 3:59:54 PM PDT by LostInBayport (When there are more people riding in the cart than there are pulling it, the cart stops moving...)
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To: grundle

My hat’s off to the man wearing the Stetson who stepped in to help while eveyone else whistled pass the graveyard.


44 posted on 06/03/2011 4:00:26 PM PDT by 3boysdad (The very elect.)
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To: PiperShade

From the article:

“King is “outprocessing under an administrative action,” according to academy spokesman Joe Tombrello. He said he was unable to discuss the specifics of King’s situation, but explained that cadets who leave the academy after the beginning of their junior year may be eligible for a program under which they serve active duty for three years and then have the option to return and complete their degree. The option is only offered to those who have “the potential to return,” he said.”

“Outprocessing” is administrative jargon for “expelled”.


45 posted on 06/03/2011 4:00:45 PM PDT by Tallguy (Received a fine from the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit.)
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To: momtothree

Wth.

Does WP not care about facts. Do all WP Cadets if attacked get “demoted” or is it just white guys that get attacked by thugs of Famous Black people. Come on. West Point has lost a lot of credibility over this one.


46 posted on 06/03/2011 4:01:44 PM PDT by Marty62 (Marty60)
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To: Tallguy

I guess if you enter West Point or the Naval Academy, you don’t have the freedom to pursue with a lawsuit (?) He now has something else to ask for compensation, doesn’t he? I personally (with the facts presented) wish the best for him and a big, fat check (equal to the size of Ms. Diva’s butt).


47 posted on 06/03/2011 4:02:02 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: Marty62

“WP has lost a lot of credibility over this one”.

If WP doesn’t explain its actions, then they certainly have lost a great deal of respect. I always leave a tad of doubt that there is more to the story. I’m not sure that we aren’t getting the full story with this one. It is ugly.


48 posted on 06/03/2011 4:12:18 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: Marty62

“WP has lost a lot of credibility over this one”.

If WP doesn’t explain its actions, then they certainly have lost a great deal of respect. I always leave a tad of doubt that there is more to the story. I’m not sure that we aren’t getting the full story with this one. It is ugly.


49 posted on 06/03/2011 4:12:46 PM PDT by momtothree
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To: grundle

Y.U.T.’s ..... Young urban thugs.. Strike again. The Obama affect.


50 posted on 06/03/2011 4:14:41 PM PDT by baddog 219
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