City Paper is not for tourists
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.”
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