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Demoted D.C. Cop Sues Chief Over Charlie Sheen Escort

August 09, 2012  | 

Photo via Wikimedia.
Photo via Wikimedia.

A onetime D.C. police commander whose unit was involved in a controversial high-speed police escort for actor Charlie Sheen has filed a multimillion-dollar civil suit against city officials, claiming that he was demoted after testifying against his superiors at a D.C. Council hearing on the incident.

D.C. police Capt. Hilton B. Burton sued the District, Mayor Vincent C. Gray, Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier, and assistant chiefs Lamar Greene and Alfred Durham for "infliction of emotional distress." The lawsuit, filed under the District's Whistleblower Protection Act, seeks at least $6 million in damages and the reinstatement of Burton's position.

Burton's former unit, the special operations division, or SOD, approved the use of police lights and sirens to escort Sheen from Dulles International Airport into the District when Sheen was running late for an April 19, 2011, performance at DAR Constitution Hall.

Read the full Washington Post story.

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Tschako @ 8/9/2012 4:35 PM

I worked in Los Angeles, where kissing the Hollywood people's butts is an art form. It's constantly amazing what obsequious behavior officers and others engage in whem meeting these famous turkeys.What the commander did was clearly wrong, and stupid. He should man up, take the demotion and grow up.

Randy @ 8/9/2012 6:30 PM

Wait a minute.... Burtons unit approved the escort not Burton approved the escort. People at the top are always trying to put blame on the people below.... I don't blame him one bit for testifying about the superiors who were the responsible parties but then demoted him for carrying out their original orders.... But I do agree that Sheen being late for a show is no reason to put people in danger. Sounds like the hire ups should be demoted....

Chuck McKenzie @ 8/9/2012 7:50 PM

D.C. exemplifies the "Peter Principle", that individuals rise to the highest level of their incompetence. As in this case, they are chiefs, mayors and others of their ilk. I worked for people just like these, and hope Capt. Burton has better luck fighting for his job.

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