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Charlie Sheen: D.C. Police Involved in Escorts Transferred

The Metropolitan Police Department has been conducting an internal investigation into its members providing police escorts for celebrities like Charlie Sheen. Now, there's a shakeup in the police division that provided the escorts.

The motorcades violated official policy. In May, Chief Cathy Lanier told WTOP that Sheen's escort was approved by a "middle manager" in the department. "I believe I know who gave the authorization, it was a middle manager, at the lieutenant rank," she said.

A June 5 internal document obtained by City Desk shows that the Special Operations Division is losing three mid-ranking officers—two lieutenants and a captain. The officials have been transferred to Patrol Services, the document shows. Two of the transferred were connected to the planning unit of the SOD, and would have helped arrange Sheen's escort.

One of the transferred SOD officers tells City Desk he wasn't advised about "the outcome of the investigation" into Sheen's ride; he was simply told he needed to leave his post. "There's very little I can do," he says. The officer asked not to be named for fear of retaliation.

The MPD document announces 13 transfers. Six of the transfers had to do with SOD; three were transferred out and three in.

Asked if the transfers were related to the investigation into celebrity escorts, MPD spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump says she's not sure. "There were more than 20 names on the personnel teletype on Friday," Crump says. "I don’t know the details of why they were moved."

Lanier didn't answer inquiries about the transfers. Councilmember Phil Mendelson, who chairs the Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary, didn't know about the transfers. Mendelson will be conducting a hearing on police escorts on June 23.

But police union leader Kris Baumann says the celebrity escorts have been going on for years with the full approval of the command structure and are only being investigated now because the media learned of the practice. Baumann says a management position at SOD is a "sought after position" and that transferring the officers to Patrol Services is a punishment. "This is them [MPD command] once again acting before the investigation is released," says Baumann.

Update: Lanier denies the transfers had anything to do with Sheen. "None of the transfers were disciplinary," she tells the Washington Post. The changes, she says, were made “for the efficiency of the department.”

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  • Marciela

    Why do these people have hearings? No one is held accountable for anything so what's the point? It isn't like Mendelson will ever go against Lanier. She runs him, not the other way around. This certainly gives credence to the stories about retaliatory punishments and reassignments if all three transfers are men. I bet other officers had to claim the dirty work though so they wouldn't have to be moved.

  • egn

    @Mariela: Yes, all three of the transfers were males. Captain Atcheson, Lieutenat Emerman and Lieutenant Vines.

  • Typical DC BS

    Aw, now these three will have to do real police work. Boo Hoo. And that police union president needs his head examined - like he should have any say in how the police department deploys it's officers.

  • Marciela

    @egn: Wow, how interesting.

    @Typical DC BS: No disrespect but this is a punitive disciplinary action. The escort service was so common, done all of the time. Why should these three people be penalized and transferred for what is routine? According to the MOU, the Labor Committee president does have a say in terms of personnel matters.

    This is just another example of DC BS where people are transferred and/or punished to make management look good.

  • briefly

    Wow, do they really use a teletype?

  • Southeast Ken

    Charlie Sheen for DC Mayor or DC Council Chair. He could probably do better than those clowns currently at the Wilson Building.

  • Marciela

    @SE Ken: I like your comments and sadly, you're right. Charlie Sheen would never be worse than what is in place.

  • Southeast Ken


  • Marciela

    @SE Ken: Should "Cat" go too?

  • Southeast Ken

    @Marciela, I was a big supporter of Lanier, but lately, my support of her has gone down. I think, it's time for Lanier to move on. The woman will get close if not a six figure retirement package from MPD for life. However, Lanier does work her ass off and respond to ordinary citizens emails. You didn't get this type of service from former Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey or other Chiefs.

    Maybe Charlie Sheen could be the next Police Chief. LOL

  • Marciela

    @SE Ken: I respect your position. She might be good with email but remember she has two or three senior staff who respond to her emails. In my opinion, I'm concerned by a police chief who has written a letter to a newspaper editor to defend a personal friend whose alleged snitching caused an officer to lose her job.

    I would like to see an investigation by federal authorities into that. I also enjoy how Baumann gets on Cat's case and how it just sends her!

  • egn

    @Marciela: you are so right! #11