Skip to comments.West Point cadet's attorney wants criminal charges against Patti LaBelle's bodyguards
Posted on 06/07/2011 7:41:53 AM PDT by Constitutions Grandchild
HOUSTONThere are new developments in the case of a West Point cadet who is suing R&B singer Patti LaBelle in connection with an alleged beating at Houstons Bush Intercontinental Airport.
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I hope he sues the jerry curl off that ‘woman’.
Good...sue her for every dime she has. This whole case stinks to high heaven. Not only did the police officers who responded to the incident pose for photos with LaBelle (so much for impartiality), but it seems they assumed that LaBelle’s employees had the right to beat this man simply because they call themselves “bodyguards”. Is there some sort of license for that line of work?
Call me cynical but I think West Point received a lot of bad press about making a quick decision before looking at the facts. I will applaud their willingness to hopefully investigate it further. As for the PD, the article sort of said that they “may” investigate improper police behavior with respect to having their photos taken with the diva. I hope they also pull the report to see if any falsities were included. I, too, hope the cadet has no permanent damage as a result of this beating.
I would bet the cadet is white and the officers posing with Patty were black.
Criminal charges? Ya think?
Duh - those thugs should have been arrested that DAY. Along with Queen LaBelle.
No reprimand for the “officers” who are shown on tape getting pictures with the celebrity who may have ordered the attack (according to earlier reports)?
But the “second look” at the event came about because of what was pretty clear on the video tape. Guy talking on cell phone gets thrown onto cement pillar hard. Officers show up and celebrity does photo shoot.
Yeah, I have seen this in California already. Didn’t expect to see it in Texas.
I hope he sues the old battleaxe has-been for every penny she has.
Phoebe Allen, the hummingbird, presently hatching her fifth clutch:
Mother cat hugs baby kitten (Absolutely adorable):
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As a retired military officer (not a graduate of USMA), I also commend the academy for taking another look at this matter. But I’m also disappointed that it took a spate of negative press articles to make it happen. Based on what I’ve read, it looks like the young man was beaten savagely by LaBelle’s “bodyguards,” then railroaded by West Point. He needs to collect a few million from LaBelle and her gang of thugs; a few million more from the Houston PD, and then demand reinstatement at USMA. The cadet is the real victim in this sorry mess.
Yes, it’s only fair, but given Labelle’s outlook she’s due for a correction.
That bet would make you a winner.
If true he should file a civil rights violation too. Looks like a hate crime to me.
Kojak looked white to me.
You’d be wrong. Check the tape. Officers were white & looked to be sergeant/supervisors judging from the stripes.
see post #19.
You would lose money...
My bad...I was thinking of the bodyguards!
thanks I did not have access to the tape.
I personally believe if this incident had NOT been caught on tape, the cadet would have been toast. West Point wouldn’t have investigated any further than reading a police report. I truly believe that the video put the officer in a bad light and West Point as well. I can’t imagine the cadet waking up in a hospital with staples in his head and being informed that he had been demoted. My hopes is that WP will learn from this and truly investigate a situation before making a final decision. IMHO
You broke even.
The Security Team were agents of Patti LaBelle. The attack was above and beyond necessary force. The seriousness of the injury was probably unintentional, but that's the difference between a professional and a bouncer. It's the degree of force used and knowing what and who you're using it against. Damages are LaBelle’s. Jail time may be the Security Team's, but the Cadet deserves justice. After all, he's going to fight to preserve it.
Knowing what those young men have to do to play football in their “spare” time would indicate he wasn't a jimmy jackaround. The Security Team could do with a little of the same training and a few less stops for pizza and wings.
“If true he should file a civil rights violation too. Looks like a hate crime to me.”
Reverse the races (perp/victim) and it damned well would be.
Miss LaBelle needs a new attitude.
Oh, of course. The driver/bodyguard was Patti LaBelle’s son. The News stories keep quoting “the driver” and “her bodyguard” like they are 2 separate eyewitnesses to Cadet King’s behavior. Sneaky or sloppy? You be the judge.
Yeah, there are nuts out there who shoot celebs. But the curbside of an airport with all the officers around (parking nazis, TSA agents, etc.) seems like a fairly unlikely place for such an incident.
I'm not sure how close King got to HRH's limo or the conversation which took place prior to the beating. The state of intoxication of King (or lack thereof) is also irrelevant. The beating was entirely unnecessary given that, even in a worst case scenario short of King being armed (a virtual impossibility given that he just got off a flight), the burly body guards could simply have pushed or picked up King by an arm each to move him outside their artificial perimeter.
Too many celebs seem to have the idea that they are royalty even as their claim to fame is based on getting the public to look at them while, at the same time, wanting an artificial perimeter around them on those occasions when they can't avoid getting close to the same public.
“artificial perimeter” what BS, this is a public facility if Labelle wants privacy she can go somewhere else. He has every rught to stand there.
I would like to know who in the HPD decided to take the sloppy false report and bring it to the attention of West Point. Just what make them think it was their job to do that?
“Too many celebs seem to have the idea that they are royalty..”
Isn’t that the truth! I understand that celebrities get shot or hurt but the diva was in her limo. I thought the issue was he was too close to her luggage. I don’t care how much the luggage cost.. it isn’t equal to someone getting the snot beat out of him. The police having their photos taken with the celebrity afterward says it all. Gee, I get my picture taken with a known singer! Aren’t I cool? The whole thing stinks to me and I feel very sorry for this young cadet and truly wish him the best.
We had the Rodney King riots for less.
FWIW, I never even hear of Patti Labelle until I read this item.
Cadet should sue the ghetto girl, her goons, and the cops who posed for photos with her next to the pool of blood on the floor.
Speaking from experience, I can say the police will take whatever report someone comes in and files. You can walk in and make a complaint against your neighbor, and he will be arrested on the basis of your claim if he is unable to provide an explanation of merit to the arresting officers. It’s up to the courts to sort it out from there. They are off the hook. Unfortunately, once in the system, it’s hard to prove a negative and a security tape is not running 24-7 in the vicinity of the majority of incidents.
Our Cadet, unfortunately, was unable to speak for himself at the time, and the police simply wrote down what those who were still able to speak had to say. I cannot tell you how often that occurs. You would be shamed to know. He has the great blessing of an involved lawyer who knew where to dig and had the impetus to do so (i.e. money). I do not wish to abuse the police in this instance with the possible exception of posing for photos over the blood of our Cadet with a celebrity. That shows a lack of class from start to finish.
It was not impossible that King would be armed coming off a flight. You can transport your handgun in checked baggage. If he had a Texas CCW license he could have gone to the mens room with his bag, retrieved his stuff, loaded up, and be armed going out the terminal door.
How likely is that? Considering that we know how difficult that the military makes it for base personnel to legally carry a firearm (Major Nidal shooting incident). My guess on the number of West Point Cadets with access to personal firearms.... ZERO.
Realistically, the reason for the beating is probably that the thugs felt "disrespected" by the guy for whatever reason.
My bad, Papa. Yes, you’re right.
Years before 9-11 young thugs were tailing people out of rental car agencies at BWI airport for the purposes of staging a stick-up. The reason was simply that they knew the chances of getting a gun shoved in their face was just about as close to zero as you could reasonably expect.
BTW, they’d create a fender-bender situation before the expressways to get you out of the car, then relieve you of your possessions. Then they were gone up the next on-ramp.
Of course, THEY were armed!
WP blew this big time. They discharged a cadet for no reason and without any due process involved. The PCA, Politically Correct Army. Nothing honorable about it.
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