Top officials of the Maryland Transportation Authority Police have ordered officers to destroy records of the extra security the department provides to VIPs at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport – expunging the paper trail showing its armed escorts of celebrities, reports the Baltimore Sun. Based on such documents, The Sun reported May 17 that the department had adopted a practice of routinely providing free escorts by uniformed officers to sports and entertainment stars upon request. Among those receiving such special treatment were former Orioles stars Cal Ripken Jr. and Eddie Murray.
In a June 14 e-mail obtained by The Sun, Capt. Manuel Crew of the transportation police ordered supervisors at the airport to stop keeping a daily log of escorts. “At the direction of the Chief there will be no mention on the Daily Report about ANY ESCORTS,” the e-mail reads. “All ESCORT SHEETS once the escorts are completed will be destroyed. We will keep no records of escorts.” The order would put information about the police agency’s escorts of private citizens beyond the scrutiny of the news media, the public and legislators.