Something seemed wrong with the D.C. police account that they only escort the president, vice president and visiting heads of state. If that was so, we sure have a lot of high-level tourists in the city (or Joe Biden has been joy-riding).
Now, the Associated Press has discovered through a public records request that local police have provided escorts (in the past year alone) to college and professional sports teams, team owners, Bill Gates, Jay-Z and other celebrities.
We’re not unsympathetic; after all, who likes to wait on a game, or a concert, or a billionaire in the act of making more billions? But it sort of irks those of us who pay the taxes that pay the salaries of those local police when we are sitting in some of the worst traffic in the nation and we’re further delayed when those black SUVs and limos go smokin’ by.
The AP said the department has generally been reimbursed for the escorts, in amounts ranging from several hundred dollars to nearly $30,000, its invoices show.
You remember, of course, that police last month gave Charlie Sheen an escort, with sirens and lights flashing, to a performance at DAR Constitution Hall. Chief Cathy Lanier said at the time that the escort violated department protocol and that escorts aren’t intended for celebrities. An investigation was launched, of course.