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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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mike53051    

They should be terminated.

328 days ago
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Colonel Nudge    

police are getting pretty dumb for even considering this some sort of emergency.

328 days ago
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FUT THE SHUCK UP    

Wow, they're pretending like cops have to follow rules or something...

328 days ago
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jason    

entitlement.....hold up a concert for one person who you know and see on the regular....Also didnt all these loser musicians Boycott from performing concerts in florida over trayvon Martin...cant resist the Benjamin s huh...lol

328 days ago
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Dead account Delete at will    

What complete and utter Bulls**t.
Suspend that officer without pay and make an example of him and ticket and fine him for driving on the wrong side of the road unwarranted.

328 days ago
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OMFG    

No punishment, give it to the rookie and tell him to bite the bar of soap, now he is officially one of them and no longer a rookie, welcome to the blue wall, son! ( AKA the Layer Cake ) Looks like the police are blocking access to post because I keep getting the EXPERIENCING TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES when I try to post

328 days ago
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Elizabeth Alan    

A policeman allegedly snaps a pic of George Z and all hell breaks loose. Everyone is racist for every reason, yet a black basketball player gets a police escort courtesy your tax dollars and rubs everyone's face in it. How are we ever supposed to be unbiased in our war against racism?

328 days ago
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david 183    

The cops are stupid and jay z is an idiot. He won't start the concert until Lebron arrives. Maybe he should let Lebron support him instead of the arena filled with his thousands of fans who payed plenty of money to see him. Don't know who is worse jay z, Lebron or the police. I think the police won this one.

328 days ago
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Pudding Tang    

I wonder if the police knew they were enabling an early start to a homosexual rendezvous.

328 days ago
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Wallybird    

Better that he was given an escort and had a driver than having him blast down the roads fried on Sizzurp and running folks over.

328 days ago
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Shades46    

You all just remember, these police officers are the ones who put their lives on the line for everyone. Most of them have good hearts. They make a lot of public decisions every minute of every day while on duty. It's silly to scream bloody murder for a short little police escort. Pour your energy into something more productive. Get a life.

328 days ago
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Celeb Gossip Addict    

He wouldn't start the show without him? These celebs sure do get beside themselves at time. And to think, we are the ones who make them feel like they are better than everyone else.

328 days ago
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Amazed    

How do you thank those Miami-Metro PD officers, when they do you a solid by giving you "special celebrity treatment"? You make sure you get they're records with Miami-Metro are tarnished, maybe even get them fired. Way to go, LeBron. Good job ruining their careers, so that you can show off how you are above all us peons, who had to wait in that traffic.

328 days ago
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racegirlpam    

LaBron should receive equal or MORE punishment than the cops. Doesn't sound like a police emergency to me!

328 days ago
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worldclass    

Lebrong should be made to pay for it since it's so kick ass he got a ride in the express lane he should have no problem coughing up the cash. He sure doesn't do his public persona any favors

328 days ago
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