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Published on Jun 3, 2011
Patti LaBelle allegedly ordered her security thugs to beat up a man for standing too close to her limo at the airport, according to witnesses at the scene. LaBelle and her thugs put her luggage beside the man, then decided he was too close to it. Witnesses reportedly saw and heard Miss LaBelle tell her hired thugs to "sic him." So three of them gave him a beat down, sending him to the hospital with a head concussion. While their victim, a West Point cadet named Richard King, was being transported to the hospital for treatment of his injuries, Miss LaBelle posed for publicity photos with some of the Houston police, beside a puddle of King's blood. After posing with Miss LaBelle, and getting her autograph, the police contacted West Point with allegations that King smelled of alcohol. King said he had some drinks on the plane, but was not intoxicated. As you can see in the video, he was well coordinated while walking and talking on his cell phone, prior to the beating. West Point has disciplined him, based on the allegations of LaBelle's friends at the Houston Police Department. King may lose his career, or even his life over this.
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Looks like Miss LaBelle's campaigning to put Obama at the top of the West Point Academy chain of command is paying off for her.
June 6, 2011 statement from West Point:
"The U.S. Military Academy completed a thorough investigation regarding the incident that occurred at the Houston Airport on March 11, 2011, involving Cadet Richard King. Following this investigation, the Academy chain of command took appropriate administrative action in accordance with Army Regulation 210-26.
"At this time, the specific details of Cadet King's case are protected by the Privacy Act, and are therefore not releasable.
"Cadets who are placed on a suspended separation status (similar to probation in the civilian judicial system) for an honor violation or an act of misconduct are required to meet a number of conditions in order to continue at the Academy. Failure to meet this condition results in separation from the Academy.
"Cadets who are separated from the Academy after the beginning of their junior year are typically obligated to either pay back the cost of their education or serve on active duty as a specialist (E-4) in the Army for a period of three years.
"Additionally, the Superintendent may recommend separated cadets to participate in the Academy Mentorship Program. A cadet who participates in the AMP may apply for readmission to the Academy after serving eight to twelve months of active duty service. The decision regarding readmission is based on their complete record at West Point and successful performance as a Soldier while on enlisted duty.
"West Point trains, educates, and inspires future leaders of the U.S. Army and Nation, in keeping with the highest traditions of professional military service."