posted on Apr, 27 2006 @ 10:32 AM
Rapper Snoop Dogg and his 30-man entourage decided to riot at the Heathrow airport after being refused entry into a first-class airport lounge.
The men - mostly minders - apparently turned violent after being refused entry to a first-class lounge, smashing up a duty free shop, throwing bottles
and attacking officers.
It took riot police over an hour to arrest the "20-stone men", who were then led out in handcuffs, with one shouting: "This is how it goes down in
Witnesses believe the group, who were travelling from the US to South Africa, were refused entry to the British Airways lounge as only a few had
first-class tickets. It is thought they became abusive towards staff and were turned away from their flight, running riot when police tried to guide
them out of the airport.
Six men, including the 34-year-old American rapper, were arrested. A Heathrow worker, who took photos from his mobile phone, said: "There were all
these huge, 20-stone men smashing up display cabinets and throwing people around. I saw Snoop Dogg on the ground, with four riot police trying to put
him in handcuffs. His minders were throwing bottles at people. Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
I hope these guys are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. If this had happened in "post 9-11 America" these guys would be thrown under the
jail. Hopefully the same happens in the UK. The article even says they were denied eneter because most of them did not have first-class tickets, but
how long till someone places the race card. It will be intesting to see if it gets played. If it had happen here in the USA, the issue of race would
have been brought up immediately.
Will it play different since it happen in the UK. I have never been there so I am not really that informed about race relations there. Is race as much
an issue in the UK as it is in the US? This will be an interesting story to keep an eye on.