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West Point cadet's attorney wants criminal charges against Patti LaBelle's bodyguards
KHOU, Houston, Texas ^ | 6/6/11 | by Courtney Zubowski / KHOU 11 News

Posted on 06/07/2011 7:41:53 AM PDT by Constitutions Grandchild

HOUSTON—There 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 Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport.

(Excerpt) Read more at khou.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: cadet; labelle; westpoint
Appears our Cadet will be getting the second look I feel he deserves. Good on West Point! Good on Houston Police Department! Hope his head is on the mend. He's a keeper that Cadet of ours.
1 posted on 06/07/2011 7:41:57 AM PDT by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

I hope he sues the jerry curl off that ‘woman’.


2 posted on 06/07/2011 7:43:20 AM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: Constitutions Grandchild
I hope the cadet sues her for a lot of money...That old black cow is no better than her Presidents wife both are racist and hate white people...
3 posted on 06/07/2011 7:47:35 AM PDT by PLD
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

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?


4 posted on 06/07/2011 7:47:35 AM 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: Constitutions Grandchild

bttt


5 posted on 06/07/2011 7:48:49 AM PDT by Guenevere (....)
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

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.


6 posted on 06/07/2011 7:48:49 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

Bush’s fault.


7 posted on 06/07/2011 7:48:49 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: LostInBayport

I would bet the cadet is white and the officers posing with Patty were black.


8 posted on 06/07/2011 7:51:17 AM PDT by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: Amberdawn
I just believe fair is fair. When I saw this, I knew it was time for the Marines to land. This Marine’s mama wasn't going to let this go without a much closer look. You know what they say, “Army keeping the world safe. The Marines keep the Army safe, “ or some such. I always get my metaphors and jokes mixed up. It's part of my charm. ;-)
9 posted on 06/07/2011 7:51:38 AM PDT by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

Criminal charges? Ya think?

Duh - those thugs should have been arrested that DAY. Along with Queen LaBelle.


10 posted on 06/07/2011 7:52:10 AM PDT by bolobaby
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

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.


11 posted on 06/07/2011 7:52:21 AM PDT by bajabaja (Too ugly to be scanned at the airports.)
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

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12 posted on 06/07/2011 7:54:22 AM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: PLD

BINGO!


13 posted on 06/07/2011 7:54:34 AM PDT by Dr. Ursus
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To: momtothree

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.


14 posted on 06/07/2011 7:55:00 AM PDT by ExNewsExSpook
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

Yes, it’s only fair, but given Labelle’s outlook she’s due for a correction.


15 posted on 06/07/2011 7:55:51 AM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: 70th Division

That bet would make you a winner.


16 posted on 06/07/2011 7:57:54 AM 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: LostInBayport

If true he should file a civil rights violation too. Looks like a hate crime to me.


17 posted on 06/07/2011 8:07:29 AM PDT by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: LostInBayport

Kojak looked white to me.


18 posted on 06/07/2011 8:09:08 AM PDT by Deaf Smith
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To: 70th Division

You’d be wrong. Check the tape. Officers were white & looked to be sergeant/supervisors judging from the stripes.


19 posted on 06/07/2011 8:10:35 AM PDT by Tallguy (Received a fine from the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit.)
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To: LostInBayport

see post #19.


20 posted on 06/07/2011 8:12:20 AM PDT by Tallguy (Received a fine from the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit.)
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To: 70th Division
I would bet the cadet is white and the officers posing with Patty were black.

You would lose money...


21 posted on 06/07/2011 8:17:19 AM PDT by Tex-Con-Man
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To: Constitutions Grandchild
West Point cadet's attorney wants criminal charges against Patti LaBelle's bodyguards

Ya' think?!

22 posted on 06/07/2011 8:21:16 AM PDT by torchthemummy ("Truth Is A Stubborn Thing")
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To: Tallguy; 70th Division

My bad...I was thinking of the bodyguards!


23 posted on 06/07/2011 8:23:30 AM 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: Tallguy

thanks I did not have access to the tape.


24 posted on 06/07/2011 8:24:22 AM PDT by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: ExNewsExSpook

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


25 posted on 06/07/2011 8:26:06 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: 70th Division

You broke even.


26 posted on 06/07/2011 8:28:11 AM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: bajabaja
It's up to all of us. If you see something, say something. Without that video, our Cadet would have had a long road with a doubtful outcome. It takes all of us to keep this a level playing field for EVERY ONE. As I said in my first post of this article — color doesn't phase me in the least, but by God, fairness does.

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.

27 posted on 06/07/2011 8:36:08 AM PDT by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: 70th Division

“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.


28 posted on 06/07/2011 8:39:03 AM PDT by jivin gene (Breakin' up is hard to do)
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

Miss LaBelle needs a new attitude.


29 posted on 06/07/2011 8:39:23 AM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: LostInBayport

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.


30 posted on 06/07/2011 8:51:20 AM PDT by Tallguy (Received a fine from the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit.)
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To: 70th Division

No problem.


31 posted on 06/07/2011 8:51:50 AM PDT by Tallguy (Received a fine from the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit.)
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To: momtothree
I listed to the news account as well as watched the tape. It appears to me that the young cadet was beaten because he wasn't sufficiently respectful of the artificial perimeter drawn around LaBelle's limo.

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.

32 posted on 06/07/2011 9:08:53 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Vigilanteman

“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.


33 posted on 06/07/2011 10:03:50 AM PDT by Ratman83
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

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?


34 posted on 06/07/2011 10:52:52 AM PDT by RedWhiteBlue
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“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.


35 posted on 06/07/2011 10:55:55 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: Ratman83
No argument from me. But even given the celeb feeling of royalty, a feeling of entitlement to an artificial perimeter or a paranoid fear of their fan base, three burly thugs beating up one young man isn't justified.

We had the Rodney King riots for less.

FWIW, I never even hear of Patti Labelle until I read this item.

36 posted on 06/07/2011 11:34:31 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

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.


37 posted on 06/07/2011 11:50:09 AM PDT by RasterMaster (We the tax-payer subsidize DUh-bama's failures)
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To: RedWhiteBlue

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.


38 posted on 06/07/2011 11:59:57 AM PDT by Constitutions Grandchild
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To: Vigilanteman
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.

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.

39 posted on 06/07/2011 12:10:45 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 ("It is only when we've lost everything, that we are free to do anything" -- Fight Club)
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To: PapaBear3625
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.

40 posted on 06/07/2011 1:13:53 PM PDT by Tallguy (You can safely ignore anything that precedes the word "But"...)
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To: Tallguy
At the time of the incident, the bodyguards probably did not know he was a West Point cadet.

Realistically, the reason for the beating is probably that the thugs felt "disrespected" by the guy for whatever reason.

41 posted on 06/07/2011 1:18:14 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 ("It is only when we've lost everything, that we are free to do anything" -- Fight Club)
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To: PapaBear3625

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!


42 posted on 06/07/2011 1:24:45 PM PDT by Tallguy (You can safely ignore anything that precedes the word "But"...)
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To: Constitutions Grandchild

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.


43 posted on 06/07/2011 2:03:20 PM PDT by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: CodeToad
Unless this gives the Cadet time to heal, pursue his claim in court and regain his strength for any residual physical harm, I would tend to be very disappointed. Having said that, I do not see how he can pursue his academics with that kind of injury and the trial will take a great deal of time. Leave of absence is how I will view it. I hope someone in Houston will keep track of this, as without Drudge, I sure wouldn't have heard. Local FReepers need to keep a watch.
44 posted on 06/07/2011 2:49:23 PM PDT by Constitutions Grandchild
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