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DC police official in celeb escort flap to sue

DC police official involved in celebrity escort flap gives notice of whistleblower suit By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' A former District of Columbia police commander whose division provided a police escort to actor Charlie Sheen has given notice that he intends to file a whistleblower lawsuit against the city.

Hilton Burton alleges that he was demoted after he testified before the D.C. Council in June that such escorts for celebrities were commonplace. Police escorted Sheen in April from an airport to a performance in D.C.

His statements contradicted the testimony of Police Chief Cathy Lanier, who appeared at the same hearing and has said the Sheen escort violated department policy.

Burton, the former commander of the special operations division, was demoted to captain in August and transferred to the medical services branch.

Lanier has said the demotion was neither connected to the escort nor to Burton's testimony.

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