DC Police Captain: Chief Lanier lied during fuss over Sheen escort

The D.C. Police Captain at the center of a whistle blower lawsuit said D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier "lied" to reporters following the 2011 escort of actor Charlie Sheen.

Hilton Burton, who has so far been the only witness called to testify, said Thursday that the chief "lied to cover her own conduct".

Burton was demoted following the controversial escort and has sued to get his rank back.

On the stand in his whistle blower trial, Burton told the court there was a cover up in the aftermath of the escort of actor Charlie Sheen. He leveled a new charge, telling the eight members of the jury, Lanier lied to protect herself. He also said the statement released to the news media contained lie after lie.

For the second day in a row, Lanier sat with her attorneys and listened closely to what Burton had to say.

Burton continued by saying Lanier lied to cover up the fact that celebrity escorts were commonplace during her time as commander of the Special Operations Division.

He also told the court that Lanier knew there was no policy in place when Charlie Sheen received his escort. Burton said that one of her top aides sent him an email the day following the escort, directing him to write a policy.

Burton testified that he was directed by Assistant Chief Lamar Greene, who was also present in the courtroom, to tell the media that the transfer of two officials out of the Special Operations Division had nothing to do with the controversy over the escort of Charlie Sheen. Burton said he believed that to be a lie as well.

Burton's case hinges on the allegation that Lanier retaliated against him for testifying at the City Council where he questioned her veracity.

However, Lanier, says those allegations are not true and that Burton demoted for his poor performance.

During cross examination by Assistant Attorney General Steve Anderson, Burton was questioned about the way he handled two barricades in which people died as well as questions about the way he handled the planning for a parade in which there were numerous complaints.

Burton was also questioned about his demotion from a previous command position after two people claimed he had sent sexually explicit texts and emails from his department issued phone and computer.

Burton stood his ground and had an explanation for every decision, telling the court the questions about his performance as the Commander of Special Operations only came up after he had testified in front of City Council. To him, he said, that could only mean the demotion was nothing less than retaliation.

Burton also revealed on the stand Thursday that he appealed the punishment for the so-called sex scandal. He claimed the investigation was flawed, and that the day before the matter was to be taken up before an administrative law judge, the police department backed off and reversed its decision which included a 15 day suspension.