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LeBron James Police Escort

Miami Police Admit They Broke Protocol

8/19/2013 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The Miami-Dade Police Department tells TMZ, its officers BROKE PROTOCOL to give LeBron James special treatment ... by helping the NBA star skip traffic in order to get to a Jay Z concert.

As we reported, Miami-Dade PD initially denied involvement in the police escort -- blatant favoritism -- but a rep for the department now tells us its officers were the ones who accompanied LeBron to the Jay Z show.

The rep says LeBron was stuck in standstill traffic at 191st street Friday night and its officers escorted him to the Sun Life Stadium on 199th street ... a total of 8 blocks. You can see the route they took below.

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The rep tells us, "This should not have happened." The rep says the department is still looking into which officers were involved and will determine what punishment, if any, is appropriate.

Sources tell us, Jay Z was refusing to start the concert without LeBron present, so police determined it was in everyone's best interest to get LeBron there ASAP.

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61.

b    

Inch=miles Honkay

242 days ago
62.

Disguised    

How did the police know LeBron was stuck in traffic? Did he call a police officer that he knows personally and asked for the escort? Did he pull up to a cruiser and asked for help to ditch traffic? Did Jay-Z or one of his people, call and ask for the escort? Its important to know HOW this happened and who is contact is with the police department and then backtrack to find out what other special treatment (perhaps having things overlooked, as well?) he has received. LeBron shouldn't have police escorts on speed dial, something's not right here. Obviously, someone knew to call this particular police officer, as not all of them would dare to drive into on-coming traffic and break many, many laws, procedures and protocols. LeBron needs to be investigated too, what else has he benefited from this "friendship/deal," with this officer or department? Anything exchanged for this? It could be as simple as an illegal escort, but there are too many questions and coincidences.

242 days ago
63.

Clytemnestra     

Crowd behavior can be horribly violent. Better to spend a few bucks escorting LeBron than risking a riot.

242 days ago
64.

xxx    

I'm sure they'll really think about what they did on their paid 2 week vacation. Police are never disciplined anymore, even when they shoot and kill unarmed/innocent civilians.

242 days ago
65.

TT    

Right Celebrity has their own special privileges. Maybe Justin Bieber can get them to escort him everywhere and help him beat, urinate & spit on public whenever he wants too!

242 days ago
66.

Sapphiegirl    

LBJ AND JAY-Z OWE THE TAXPAYERS OF MIAMI FOR THIS GROSS ABUSE OF PUBLIC TRUST. MIAMI AND DADE COUNTY TAX DOLLARS ARE NOT FOR PERSONAL USE BY THE 2 BIGGEST DIVAS THAT ARE NOT WOMEN. HOW MANY CITIZENS WHO NEEDED THE POLICE HAD TO WAIT FOR ONE TO ARRIVE BECAUSE HE WAS TOO BUSY ESCORTING A BACKETBALL PLAYER TO A RAP CONCERT. THATS RIGHT....ILLEGALLY ESCORTING A BASKETBALL PLAYER TO A RAP CONCERT! MY TAX DOLLARS ARE NOT TO BE SPENT BUY CIVILIANS WHO WANT A PERSONAL FAVOR. MY TAX DOLLARS ARE NOT FOR THE PRESIDENT TO USE THE OVAL OFFICE FOR SEX AND THEY ARE NOT FOR USING TO ESCORT A STUPID BASKETBALL PLAYER TO A RAP CONCERT. LBJ HAS MILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND H=IF HE WANTED HE COULD HAVE RENTED A HELICOPTER TO FLY HIM TO THE VENUE JUST SO HE DID NOT HAVE TO SIT IN TRAFFIC LIKE EVERYONE ELSE. LBJ, JAY-Z ABD MIAMI POLICE-----YOU SUCK ASS!

242 days ago
67.

Rosa Henriquez    

Lebron made us all really happy and we all enjoyed the games very much.. As far as I'm concerned he should have been airlifted to the concert and placed very carefully on the front row! Go Heat!

242 days ago
68.

Frame of Mind    

After the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case, I thought Jay-Z was one of the Entertainers that stated that he wouldn't perform in Florida until the stand your ground law was abolished.

241 days ago
69.

cp    

This is what is wrong with people today- They are delusional and think they are entitled to something.

241 days ago
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