Norris angered by officers at strip show

April 04, 2002|By Del Quentin Wilber | Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF

Baltimore Police Commissioner Edward T. Norris said yesterday that he was "angry" at about a dozen officers who worked as off-duty security guards for an illegal strip show then fled when police and liquor inspectors raided the event last month.

In his first public statements about the case, Norris said he was disappointed that officers would work the event and flee when they spotted internal affairs and vice detectives, as well as liquor inspectors.

"I'm angry they engaged in this," Norris said. "I'm doubly angry that they fled and make themselves unavailable. It would be in their best interest to turn themselves in. ... I don't send the fugitive squad for my own people."

Norris said internal affairs investigators had identified six officers who worked at the show - dubbed "Exotic Basketball" by its promoter - at the Teamsters Assembly Hall at 6000 Erdman Ave. on March 24.

Teamsters officials have said they did not know the promoter was going to put on a strip show, which police said included sexual acts by strippers. The event's promoter, Robert Davis, has said he hired 13 officers for $150 apiece in cash to provide security at the event. Several officers were given discounts to attend.

Three women were arrested and charged with perverted practices.

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