Florida city suspends police officers for escorting Bieber

MIAMI Sat Jan 25, 2014 4:25am EST

1 of 14. Teen pop star Justin Bieber, in a black hooded sweatshirt, departs a Miami-Dade County jail in Miami, Florida January 23, 2014.

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MIAMI (Reuters) - Three Florida police officers have been suspended for giving Justin Bieber an unauthorized escort from a Miami area airport on Monday night, a couple of days before his arrest for drunk driving after he was caught drag racing on Miami Beach.

"Their presence at the airport was unauthorized," said Opa-locka Assistant City Manager David Chiverton on Friday.

Police escorts from airports are permitted, but must go through a process, Chiverton said.

"All escorts must be approved ... whether it was Bieber or anyone else, for that matter," he said.

He said the officers were suspended without pay pending the results of an investigation that is also looking into where the officers escorted Bieber, including reports that he went to a nearby strip club, the King of Diamonds.

On Friday, Bieber was holed up in a Miami Beach hotel, The Orchid House, a day after he was jailed on charges of DUI, driving with an expired license and resisting arrest. Miami Beach police said Bieber was stopped after drag racing in a Lamborghini on a residential street early Thursday morning.

News crews, paparazzi and fans waited outside Bieber's hotel, hoping the pop star would make an appearance, just a few blocks away from the Miami Beach police station where he was held initially after his arrest.

He was later transferred to a county jail and released on a $2,500 bond.

On vacation with her parents, 11-year-old Maria-Jose Lobo from Colombia said she still supports her favorite singer.

"Now he is a bad boy, but nobody is perfect, and everybody makes mistakes," she said.

Bieber's next court date is on Monday, but he is not expected to appear in person.

(Writing by David Adams; Editing by Jan Paschal)

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Comments (5)
Billium1953 wrote:
If you care at all about this story or Bieber you really need help

Jan 24, 2014 9:07pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Billium1953 wrote:
If you care at all about this story or Bieber you really need help

Jan 24, 2014 9:07pm EST  --  Report as abuse
RatPackJimmy wrote:
I have a feeling that they got paid very well for this escort. It probably would not have been a problem if the requested permission, stating concern about traffic flow and paparazzi causing traffic delays and congestion. But, once they asked for permission they would be scrutinized and now the payola goes out the window as other officers would most likely be assigned to assist. I like the fact that an 11 year old understands that everyone makes mistakes, but this “bad boy” was crying like a baby in his jail cell. He is a Putz.

Jan 24, 2014 9:23pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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