Skip to comments.West Point reinstates cadet in LaBelle altercation
Posted on 08/20/2011 6:45:00 AM PDT by Aunt Polgara
A West Point cadet from Houston will return to class Monday after military academy officials rescinded a suspension that came after he was embroiled in a March altercation with singer Patti LaBelle's entourage at a local airport.
Word from the New York military academy came as dueling lawsuits - one filed by cadet Richard King, the other by LaBelle - await resolution in local courts.
King's attorney, John Raley, said Houston police recently apprised academy officials that the 23-year-old cadet had not been implicated in wrongdoing in the March 11 incident at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.
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This is good news indeed for Cadet King.
I hope he is fully vindicated in the court system too.
The bigger issue is political correctness. West Point was too quick to pass judgement in the first place without all the facts. LaBelle and her bodyguards will get off too.
When your attorney says the police have not implicated you, that's not the same as the police saying they have exonerated you.
Good news for a change!
Who is Patti LaBelle???
When the cops are out to screw with you, this is the equivalent of a formal declaration of sainthood.
It means they can’t even dream up something to charge you with.
“When your attorney says the police have not implicated you, that’s not the same as the police saying they have exonerated you.”
Of course, you are technically correct, but don’t you agree that things are definitely looking up for Cadet King’s lawsuit against LaBelle and her goons?
Yes, FINALLY. It took West Point and HPD far too long to deal with this properly. Too bad the consequence of telling West Point to pack sand would be enlistment.
West Point should hand their collective heads in shame for having passed such a harsh and wrong judgement against the Cadet. I will never think of West Point the same again.
Whoever made the decision to expel him from the Academy needs to be disciplined accordingly.
Presuming that you honestly don't know (and forgot the sarcasm tag), Patti LaBelle is a formerly fairly famous singer.
You can see the altercation at the airport here:
West Point cadet King is in the yellow shirt and was assaulted by LaBelle’s goons for daring to get too close to her luggage at the airport as he was wandering around talking on his cell phone.
The fact that the cops took LaBelle’s word for what happened and then posed for pictures with her made things even worse. At least the cops responsible have been disciplined. Apparently there are also some eye witnesses to the events that back up Cadet King's story. I imagine that the one on the other side of the phone call would also have something helpful to say.
Maybe Mr. Allen Turner, the reporter, could have done something novel and done some research on the meaning of “suspended separation”.
I believe that the Cadet in question has been under suspended separation since the incident and not was under suspended separation before the incident. The lame brain reporter implies that the Cadet was under disciplinary action even before the event. I do not believe this was the case at all.
Yeah, the cops were “reassigned”. Guess they sent them directly to the donut shop instead of just having to stop by.
See my post 15. It looks like the press are still ignorant or still trying to smear Cadet King.
“See my post 15. It looks like the press are still ignorant or still trying to smear Cadet King.”
Of course, don’t you know that all crackers (especially men) are racist and therefore guilty of whatever is charged??
I am soooo tired of the racist card.
It appears that there should not have been any negative action taken by West Point. That they took such actions based upon a situation caused by LaBelle’s employees means that his damages against her will be amplified.
If you watch the video you can see that she had no regard for the young mans condition. She could have cared less about him. She would be well advised to drop her action against him and make him an offer he can’t refuse.
The interesting point is that without a doubt Patti LaBell has made the majority of her money off people that are white because the majority are white. She apparently has disdain for the hand that feeds her...
This was what really struck me when I first saw the video. These cops were not impartial in this situation.
And the rush to judgment on the part of the media and West Point were very reminiscent of the Duke University incident.
But, but, but.... LaBelle played the race card, which automatically shields her from any liability, don’tcha know????
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