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No charges filed in LSU meeting with police

Posted on: August 23, 2011 1:21 pm
Edited on: August 23, 2011 11:17 pm
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Posted by Jerry Hinnen

The four LSU players involved in last Friday's Baton Rouge bar fight have met with police, CBS affiliate WAFB has reported, and no criminal charges have yet been filed.

Starting quarterback Jordan Jefferson -- along with Jarvis Landry, Josh Johns, and Chris Davenport -- visited the Louisiana State Police Headquarters Tuesday in order to meet with investigators. According to both players' attorney Nathan Fisher and police, no arrests were made at the meeting nor charges filed.

"There were no charges promised and no charges not promised," Fisher told the Times-Picayune. "After today, I think they have some more investigating to do."

Batron Rouge police chief DeWayne White spoke to the media Friday afternoon, saying that one victim had suffered three broken vertebrae and that it was BRPD's "hope and aim" to gather enough evidence to make arrests in the case. But that point has not arrived yet, and White warned that that point might not arrive immediately.

"Until we're able to sift through the evidence, sift through the statements and arrive at the truth, that may take some time," White said. "Will we give fast results? We will not, because it doesn't work like that."

White confirmed that BRPD had obtained video from the scene outside Shady's bar, but that it does not show the fight itself. He added that the investigation has been further hampered by conflicting reports and a lack of "objective" witnesses.

Police spokesman Donald Stone reaffirmed, however, what he had stated Monday: that he expects both simple and second-degree battery charges -- the latter a felony -- to be filed "when the case is concluded." Stone has confirmed that the parties injured in the fight "have expressed a desire that those responsible for their injuries be arrested."

According to several alleged witnesses who spoke to WAFB, one of those players was Jefferson. But with Tuesday's meeting having come and gone without an arrest and a report from TigerSportsDigest that the senior QB was not in fact involved with the brawl, things have begun to look up for him.

Some information used in this post was originally reported by the Associated Press.
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Since: Aug 26, 2011
Posted on: August 26, 2011 5:15 pm
 

No charges filed in LSU meeting with police

Low blow!  Really, now...



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 2:12 pm
 

No charges filed in LSU meeting with police

The reports were that the Marine was assisting the driver who had been pulled from his truck....who the group was beating on...which witnesses seem to think were not only LSU players, but in fact Jefferson.

Now, could all this be just talk, sure, but ask anyone in the SEC that goes to LSU, it's not like the police care to do their job, they just stand around and let the fans and players act like thugs.....


The police are actually being extra vigilant in this case to ensure that it is not taken as the players are getting preferential treatment and that they get it right, not how YOU want it to turn out.




Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 2:08 pm
 

No charges filed in LSU meeting with police


It is a procedure thing for the police.  If 5 people say they saw JJ kick a guy in the head and 10 people say he did not, the police have not choice but to let the courts sort it out.  The police are not there to determine guilt or innocence, which they apparently are setting self up to do.  They are still investigating.  HA.  What are they investigating?  We have witnesses that are willing to testify.

Hoboidiot, yes it is a procedure thing.  However, before they make any arrests and make the situation worse in the court of public opinion (i.e. the unintelligent sheep who are have no intention to see what is true and what is not - yourself) or cause undue harm to the name of someone who has never been involved in an off-field incident, they want to make sure that they have their facts straight and that they are correct.  This is not as clear-cut as someone harrassing and then attacking (strangling and dragging around) their ex-girlfriend and then getting kicked off of their team (oh, wait, he wasn't kicked off) but this incident has much more to this.  So, in all fairness, though, do you think a one game suspension is appropriate?  Personally, I think that whomever did the kicking should be kicked off of the team but I guess that not all teams see things the same way.  However, if we were to go by the same standard that your coach set, then even an arrest tomorrow would likely not stop JJ from playing your team in Dallas.

BTW, who do you have as a witness that is willing to testify?  What did your witenesses see from Eugene?

Morally and ethically Barney Fife needs to make the arrests based on eye witness accounts.  Period.

Funny how your opinion is based on how this might help your team gain an advantage.  In reality, morally and ethically, the BRPD needs to make the arrests based on facts and what happened, not "eye witness" accounts.



Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 12:30 pm
 

No charges filed in LSU meeting with police

Teres Minor - "When you are attacking football players at a bar, you aren't a "US Marine."  You are just another dude in a bar fight."

If you are protecting or assisting a possible innocent in a four person beat down, you aren't just a "US Marine".  You might just be a person with values and decencies.

Three broken vertebrae.  Do you know how you get that?  By getting kicked in the back while on the ground.  WHO kicks ANYBODY in the back or in the head while on the ground?  Mindless, cowardly asjoles.  

Tell us two things Minor.  One... where you there?  Where you there in person, and can you tell the rest of us whether the Marine "attacked" or "protected"?  Two... what would you have done?  A possible innocent getting his head kicked in by a bunch of thugs (whoever they might be)... would you have gone to his assistance?  I think I know the answers to both of those, and neither is "yes".   &
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Since: May 5, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 11:28 am
 

No charges filed in LSU meeting with police

for the guy asking about the integrity of the sheriff-  Baton Rouge City police are handling the case not EBR Parish Sheriff, so his tickets are not affecdted

as for rush of media-  yes this is a big story because it involves a player of a high profile school. any other bar fight and it doesnt rate back page coverage

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now for some real comments

1- what we have is a bar fight.  we can assume all parties had some amount of alcohol in their system, but we must also understand the law in La.  18-20 year olds can legally enter a bar but cannot legally drink.  IF THE BAR sold alcohol to any person under 21, they can be held legally accountable.  Police have to be real careful to KNOW what happened.  Yesterday the players and their attorney provided a list of at least 12 people that witnessed the fight, gave depositions as to what they saw and also stated that they gave their name and number to the police at the scene but had not yet been contacted.

2- I personally know the family of 1 of the young men "hurt" in the fight.  I was told by a family member "we know his side of the story and we know he was drunk, but we don't know what happened."  This person went on to say "I can't believe that no one video'd that fight. Just 1 2 minute video could tell the police what really happened and then we would know"

3- When asked about discipline that he would enforce as a coach, Les Miles clearly stated that when he knew enough to make a decision he would.  He also indicated that an arrest or indictment would not be needed as much as a clearer picture of what happened.

Based on the 3 statements above, my opinion only...

The police after they finish gathering all the facts, will arrest and charge the right people.

The coach after determining which LSU players were fighting and which were not, will hand out appropriate punishment

Their will be people on both sides not happy with the police or LSU coach

and drum roll please...

fans of schools NOT LSU will say there was a coverup!

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what I want

any player at LSU that started a fight or kicked somebody that was on the ground is expelled from the team

any player that was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but NOT in the fight or caused the fight would learn from this

 




Since: May 5, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 10:52 am
 

No charges filed in LSU meeting with police

Ken

 

real classy dude!




Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: August 24, 2011 9:25 am
 

No charges filed in LSU meeting with police

I see Hurricane Katrina forgot to wipe out some of you idiots!LMAO!!



Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: August 24, 2011 8:54 am
 

No charges filed in LSU meeting with police

jefferson doesn't make up the team, besides, they do have a great QB that transferred from another college so were still good...



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: August 24, 2011 3:44 am
 

No charges filed in LSU meeting with police

Is this the case of the news media rushing to proclaim someone guilty who thus far has only been alleged to have been involved in criminal activity?  CBSSPORTS.com is especially good at doing this, while qualifying everything by stating that their stories are based on other media outlets.  This website told us last week that we could expect Jeffroson and company to be arrested on Monday.  I've got an idea.  This website should only publish the facts as they ARE.  Let the police do their work on this case.  And if something comes of it, report it.  But until something comes of it or not, or until you do the hard work of digging up your own sources to tell a story, just report what is, not what is to be.



Since: Aug 24, 2011
Posted on: August 24, 2011 2:41 am
 

No charges filed in LSU meeting with police

Well as a Oregon fan, I say let them play, by the 2nd week they can be suspended. The last thing I want to hear from a SEC homer is excusses why LSU lost.


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