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Charlie Sheen Police Escort: Okay With D.C.

A D.C. Office of Inspector General investigation has concluded that the cops who gave Charlie Sheen a police escort through the District didn't screw up.  It's also concluded that it doesn't trust Sheen's Twitter feed.

In a report the OIG said non-dignitary escorts "have been routine for years." In June, two officers who participated in giving Sheen a "lights and siren" ride to an April gig were transferred out of the Special Operations Division, which was in charge of the transport. Sheen's unique tour of the District earned attention when he tweeted about it, showing a speedometer that read 80 mph.

The OIG isn't ready to accept that's how fast Sheen was actually going, and seems to take a shot at the media for considering a tweet a valid source of information. "Although various media publicized tweeted images and text purporting to show the Sheen SUV traveling at approximately 80 m.p.h., the team had no means by which to independently verify the authenticity and accuracy of either the information or its source." In other words: Myopic little twits!

Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier said Sheen's escort wasn't approved, but the OIG "concluded that SOD's approval and performance of the Sheen escort were not extraordinary. Similarly, the OIG does not view the decisions and actions of those SOD officers involved in the Sheen escort as cavalier or contrary to established practice."

The OIG did say, however, that the protocols for doing the escorts are a mess, and MPD should get a handle on them. As long as he's alive and healthy, Sheen may be happy to know that the District office thinks MPD should be able to offer him a ride again: "The OIG believes that if administered properly, non-dignitary escorts can deliver broad benefits to the District."

Photo by Matthew Straubmuller via Flickr/Creative Commons Attribution License 2.0

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  • Southeast Ken

    The D.C. Office of Inspector General investigation, the D.C. Council, and Mayor Gray have been an embarrassment to District of Columbia residents, voters, and taxpayers. All their asses need to be run out of the city, like the Frankenstein monster in the 40's movies.

  • Uhhuh

    Mr. Smith - Did you read the whole report? SE Ken - what about you?

  • Southeast Ken

    Uhhuh, I bet your lazy ass don't live in D.C. and might be an MPD police official link to this scandal. Fuck off loser...

  • Jon Bon Jovi

    @Southeast Ken; I concur with your comment.

    Cleveland Park D.C. Resident
    Ward 3/2nd Police District

  • Kens a Jackass

    Keep ur focus on SE and clean up that garbage can before u worry about NW issues u tool...

  • Uhhuh

    You didn't answer the question, Ken. Did you read it?

  • Southeast Ken

    Charlie Sheen getting a private escort by DC tax payers police department isn't a N.W. or S.E. issue. It's a DC taxpayer concern. I guess, you would know anything about that asshole because you don't live in the District. You sorry ass is probably one of the corrupt lazy ass MPD police official/officer defending this type of bad behavior. Where were you sorry ass born? Go back to Hattiesburg, Mississippi, jackass.

    Native Washingtonian

  • Southeast Ken

    Correction:

    @Kens A Jackass; Charlie Sheen getting a private escort by DC tax payers police department isn't a N.W. or S.E. issue. It's a DC taxpayer concern. I guess, you wouldn't know anything about that asshole because you don't live in the District. Your sorry ass is probably one of the corrupt lazy ass MPD police officials/officers defending this type of bad behavior. Where were your sorry ass born? Go back to Hattiesburg, Mississippi, jackass.

    Native Washingtonian

  • Uhhuh

    Wow! A simple "no" would have been enough but thanks for the silly rant.

  • Adams Morgan Resident

    I thought, the job of the police is to serve and protect citizens against crime and definitely not to be escorting non-Government dignitaries to and from events. One of the problems with the District, it gets flooded with these so called "celebrities" that come to Capitol Hill to vent for their cause and they are ga gaged by our elected officials seeking to rub shoulders with them and give them V.I.P. treatment, thus the escorts. And then there are the performers that think they must be at their venue on time, but still manage to be late getting on stage even after their unauthorized police escort. If the average citizen wanted to come to D.C. to state their case they'd have to take public transportation or use their own vehicle. Hollywood types need to remember that they are not any better then the average Jane or Joe.

  • Checkered1

    The police escort for Sheen violated department protocol but the DC inspector general says the cops "did nothing wrong."

    What a joke the DC inspector general's office is.

  • Jimof1913

    You know what the scariest part of this is? That the District of Columbia inspector general’s report says there was nothing unusual. Nothing unusual? A civilian is able to make a phone call and get DC police personel and equipment dispatched out of the city for a personal duty. These were not policemen in plain clothes driving their private vehicles. They were to all apearances DC police performing offical business. How can a DC police car with flashing lights and exceeding the speed limit NOT be on official business? How many DC residents knew the number to get this service?

    How many other DC police are presently performing 'escort duty' out of the city?

  • Padawan

    "Absent explicit eligibility criteria in MPD policies and procedures, and given the precedent created by numerous other SOD non- dignitary escorts, SOD’s approval and performance of the Sheen escort was standard operating procedure. The request for Sheen’s escort came from an entity with whom SOD had previously communicated regarding concert/event logistics and arranged numerous escorts. Because of the
    short notice, SOD did not require payment for the Sheen escort in advance because SOD had 'done business so many times' with this entity and it had earned their 'trust.' The team does not view the decisions and actions of those SOD officers involved in the Sheen escort as having been cavalier or contrary to established practice."

  • Padawan

    "Although non-dignitary escorts may be perceived as available to only a select few
    citizens, they in fact have been provided to numerous individuals and groups representing various national social issues such as health, families, the military, and law enforcement, who visit the nation’s capital continuously. All can enhance common interest in the well-being of the local community. For example, escorting wounded military veterans, and widows and other family members of fallen police officers from surrounding jurisdictions and distant states can foster good relationships that benefit both the District government and its citizens. In addition, the District is a prominent site for athletic, cultural, and entertainment events. Popular performers and large, high-profile conventions and gatherings generate significant revenue and
    focus positive attention on the City.

    "Both participating citizens and event organizers share an interest in and concern that
    prominent participants will arrive in and depart from the District timely and safely. If non- dignitary escorts are administered such that organizers of visits and events bear the full expense of providing the escorts, and are operated in a manner that does not diminish MPD’s readiness to meet its core law enforcement mission, they can play a significant role in the safe and orderly hosting of special events, and increase the uniformed police presence in the District—a highly desirable condition—at no cost to District taxpayers."

  • Twit

    Although various media publicized Tweeted images and text purporting to show the Sheen SUV traveling at approximately 80 mph, the team had no means by which to independently verify the authenticity and accuracy of either the information or its source. In addition, the team noted that even if the Tweeted speedometer image was in fact taken from Sheen’s SUV, it does not explain why, or for how long, Sheen’s SUV traveled at that speed. For example, Sheen’s driver may have fallen behind or lost visual contact with the lead MPD vehicle because of traffic and accelerated briefly to catch up. Furthermore, the image did not serve to identify the vehicle seen through the windshield in front of it as a MPD vehicle or its speed.

  • DC

    It probably makes sense for D.C. police to sometimes escort celebrities through town rather than deal with the disruption they and their entourages could cause (do we really want paparazzi chasing Paris Hilton/Lindsay Lohan etc. down Pennsylvania Avenue?). The problem in the Sheen case is that under most circumstances cops have no authority across their jurisdictional borders. Fairfax or Arlington police could have pulled these guys over and charged them with speeding, reckless driving and maybe even impersonating an officer. Would the D.C. cops have been cooperative, or could matters have escalated? The D.C. cops could have met Sheen's limo when he crossed the Potomac on his own. They shouldn't have gone to Dulles to pick him up.

  • wdc

    What happens next?

  • blkwrestl

    What I do not understand is why is it ok for a DC policeperson to escort an individual from Virginia into the District? Aren't there jurisdictional issues here? I live in DC and work in Baltimore, I see at least 5 DC police cars on the BW parkway in the Odenton and Ft. Meade area on a weekly basis? Are DC police now "patrolling" VA and MD?

  • damien

    What happened to charlie why he end up that way and what about the escorts thing.

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