East St. Louis Councilwoman & Boyfriend Charged in Beating of Elderly Best Buy Employee

An East St. Louis councilwoman and her boyfriend were charged for beating an elderly employee at Best Buy this week.

Councilwoman LaToya Greenwood – City of East St. Louis

KMOX reported:

It’s considered normal procedure by most to be asked for your receipt while leaving a busy store like Best Buy with expensive items. But Latoya Greenwood, 38, didn’t take kindly to the request.

Police say she began shouting obscenities at the 61-year-old Fairview Heights Best Buy employee at the exit door. Her husband got into the act and smacked the man across the face, sending him down to the ground while his wife didn’t flinch and kept the curse words flying.

The husband, 39-year-old Hickey Thompson, is charged with felony aggravated battery and is held on $20,000 bond. Greenwood is charged with disorderly conduct.

The Belleville News Democrat has more on the cheery couple:

A former metro-east football star was charged with aggravated battery, a class 3 felony, Thursday by the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office following an incident at Best Buy in Fairview Heights.

According to police, Hickey D. Thompson, who earned a mention in Sports Illustrated as the star of Althoff Catholic High School’s football teams that won back-to-back state championships in 1989 and 1990, allegedly hit a Best Buy employee in the face during an altercation at about 12:45 p.m. Wednesday. The employee was identified in court records as Gary Thompson.

Hickey Thompson’s companion, Latoya N. Greenwood, an East St. Louis councilwoman, was issued a ticket for disorderly conduct, a class C misdemeanor. Greenwood works at East St. Louis School District 189.

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  • SeniorD

    “Don’t you know who I am???!!!” how dare a store employee ask a politician to show they had actually PAID for something.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    Hickey Thompson’s companion, Latoya N. Greenwood, an East St. Louis councilwoman,…

    Just goes to show that public figures aren’t necessarily the brightest of the citizenry.

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  • iamsaved

    All one had to do is read the first few words of the opening to this blog to say to myself, go no farther. Enough said.

  • Objective Analysis

    Entitlement – she is from east st. louis (enough said).

    Ghetto as is and ghetto does

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  • Remco Kimber


    That’s all I needed to know. I KNEW trouble was comin’.

  • Alvin

    The employee was clearly profiling people, who were headed out the door with merchandise. How dare he inconvenience the royal class.

  • Marsh626

    Uh-oh. Asked a for receipt while shopping black…

    Oh, wait. I’m White and I’ve had black employees hold my $100 bills up to the light to make sure they aren’t fake or watch me like a hawk when I shop for shoes or whatever.

  • Patty

    She’s a black racist.

  • drunksailor

    Blacks doing as blacks do.

  • http://http://m.thegatewaypundit.com/ James

    In light of her actions in public this public official should resign or be forced out due to ethics violations.

  • Time

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  • Alana

    At kohls, I’m pretty sure they have store detectives. Once I was shipping in the kitchen gadgets, and there was this man there who seemed to have less interest in me than in the graters and mashers and things. I thought, maybe this guy is making sure I don’t steal anything. Do stores like Kohls still have store detectives that do these things?

    Needless to say, I don’t steal anything. On the few occasions something in the basket got overlooked, I take it back into the store to pay for it. On the occasion where the clerk makes a mistake in my favor, I correct the clerk.

    I have been in a store that asked to see my receipt on leaving, and I believe it was a Best Buy.

    This whole story is pathetic.

  • Alana

    Fouled that up. Shopping in gadgets, not shipping! And the man had more interest in me, not less, lol.

  • Patty

    What gets into a person’s head who decides to slap around a 61 year old clerk.

    Respect, parenting, common sense just flies out the window.

  • Navy Seal

    Albeit the door man was white…. They are going to keep getting worse as long as WE let them… WE are going to have to start standing up to the blacks, if we don’t it’s only going to get worse… That’s what’s wrong with young white kids today, the blacks have their bluff in on them.. I teach my kids to defend themselves & believe me they know how, everyone else needs to teach their kids the same way.. Put them in a martial arts class, it teaches discipline & defense.. That’s the only way to get back at them.. You beat the hell out of one of them, then the rest will leave you alone, (talking from experience!!!!!)

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  • NeoKong

    BJs and Costco check each and every receipt of every customer at the door.
    I have even shown mine at Best Buy before and Sears as well.