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Police Chief Cathy Lanier, who says there have only been 17 police escorts since 2002.
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Police Chief Cathy Lanier, who says there have only been 17 police escorts since 2002.

The tempest began with a tweet.

Charlie Sheen, running late to a show, wrote he had a police escort with sirens, flashing lights, and, was in his words, driving like someone's about to deliver a baby."

After the incident, the Metropolitan Police Department revealed they had given a number of escorts to celebrities over the years.

Police Chief Cathy Lanier told the D.C. Council she was aware of 17 celebrity escorts -- including Britney Spears -- since 2002. But another officer said that figure was much higher, a claim Lanier disputed after the hearing.

"Let me put it this way, people testified that they were going on, the documentation doesn't support it," she said. "I'm the only one that produced written documents for every word that came out of my mouth."

Lanier says she doesn't want a blanket ban on police escorts for celebrities or other VIP's because there are times when, for public safety reasons, an escort can be appropriate.

The police department and the city's inspector general are investigating the Charlie Sheen incident.

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