The President? Or Charlie Sheen?: Police Escorts Under Fire


And what about the city of angels? Home of so many celebrities? A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department said do not officially sanction any police escorts for celebrities. But the LAPD does provide an escort when the president is in town and will escort England's royal couple during their upcoming visit to Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Times reported in 2008 that LAPD sent more than a dozen motorcycle officers, two police cars and a helicopter to transport pop star Brittany Spears from her home to the UCLA Medical Center.

The LAPD spokesperson said the security detail was necessary to push through the throng of paparazzi lining the streets outside Spears' house. The helicopter, she said, was to monitor any issue that might arise.

"It wasn't a celebrity escort," the spokesperson said. "We don't do that."

In a video produced by ESPN Los Angeles, members of the UCLA Bruins basketball team described how police officers closed down Highway 405 to clear their way to the airport in March.

Los Angeles Highway Patrol could not be reached for comment.

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