Three cops in Dallas arrested for gambling involvement
Three police officers with the Dallas Police Department (DPD) turned themselves in last Thursday over charges of allegedly promoting gambling in the Dallas area. The three, a sergeant and two senior corporals, were targeted during an investigation into the actions of another senior corporal, Edrick Smith, who was previously charged with promoting gambling, bribery and misuse of official police information.
The officers, Sgt. Shannon Browning and senior corporals Roger Williams and Edward Van Meter, turned themselves in after their involvement with Smith was uncovered. However, the department did not specify exactly what the charges are. The Dallas City Council referred to them as "accomplices" of Smith, who has also now been charged with two counts of "engaging in organized criminal activity related to gambling promotion and money laundering." All four officers are on administrative leave while the investigation continues.
Smith was charged for the gambling crimes last December after a sergeant, Latasha Moore, revealed his actions to the DPD public integrity officers. She said that Smith was often seen at a gambling hall, the Blue Dragon Events Center and that he had offered her a bribe if she would tip him off to any potential police action at the hall. Smith has also been accused of repeatedly using the department’s computer system to look up cases related to the Blue Dragon.
In a separate incident, Moore was also arrested this past June after she was found depositing $1,600 into an ATM in front of another illegal gambling operation located inside a Red Bird convenience store.