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Surely someone in recent months has noted that Charlie Sheen is his own worst enemy.
They could make the same comment, now, about the Washington, D.C. police.
They need to see serious reaction after D.C. cops drove at 80 mph or more to deliver Sheen to one of his on-stage tantrum sessions.
Sheen paid them back by posting information about his high-speed run through the streets of the nation’s capital on the Internet.
According to the Associated Press, “Sheen included a picture of a speedometer reaching about 80 mph and a message that read: ‘In car with Police escort in front and rear! Driving like someone’s about to deliver a baby! Cop car lights (hash)Spinning!’”
“D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said in a statement Friday that the escort, conducted by the department’s Special Operations Division, appeared to violate police protocol in multiple ways and was being investigated by the internal affairs division.
“She said emergency equipment, such as sirens and lights, was not to be used in non-emergency situations and that members of the department do not operate in other jurisdictions without the help of other law enforcement agencies. And she said escorts are generally reserved for the president, vice president and for visiting heads of state, though exceptions can be made but must be authorized by the assistant chief.”
Whether any likes Sheen or doesn’t, whether they are appalled by his addition to the growing legion of over-paid, over-attended, over-pampered celebrities in our nation or not, this has moved several steps beyond the argument over bad taste.
This is in the arena of illegal activities.
People were put at risk in this occasion, and while we are at it, since when is it legal, in Washington, D.C.; in New York City; or in Great Bend, Kansas; for police officers to disobey traffic laws, including speed limits, unless they are in an emergency response?
Why would they not be subject to the same laws as everyone else, unless they are involved in an actual emergency?
How many drivers have heard the lecture — before receiving their ticket — during which we are told that there are no good excuses for ignoring the law?
Well, what comes around goes around.
Or at least it should.
— Chuck Smith