Dallas Police

Union Praises Dallas Chief for ‘Reducing or Rescinding' Discipline of Former Vice Cops

Former Dallas Chief of Police Renee Hall stands by her discipline and says the behavior wasn't justified

NBCUniversal, Inc.

The Dallas Police Association says they support a recent decision by Dallas Chief of Police Eddie Garcia to reduce or rescind discipline for several former members of the vice unit.

DPA President Mike Mata praised Garcia Thursday morning for sitting through appeals and taking action on the reprimands of nearly two dozen former vice cops.

Dallas Police Association President Mike Mata praised Dallas Chief of Police Eddie Garcia Thursday morning for sitting through appeals and taking action on the reprimands of nearly two dozen former vice cops.

Hall issued the reprimands of nearly two dozen former vice officers in 2020 after a 3-year investigation into suspected mishandling of department money used in gambling operations and evidence in those cases not being delivered to the property room.

No officers were terminated and no criminal violations were found. The vice officers were transferred to other duties in the police department. Mata said the only issues found were centered around outdated standard operating procedures.

"A subsequent three-year investigation by both public integrity, and the internal affairs units found no evidence to support chief deputy Stokes's inflammatory statement, much less, anything that remotely justified Chief Hall's inexcusable decision to shut down a unit," Mata said Thursday.

NBC 5's Vince Sims talked with Hall by telephone Thursday. In the call, she said, "It was not a botched or rushed investigation. It was three years in the making."

Hall said what came out of the investigation were admissions of failing to document evidence and using confiscated funds they tried to replace with petty cash.

"At what point is that justifiable behavior?” Hall asked.

Hall said she stands by her decision to discipline the officers and characterized Mata's statements as "typical association foolishness."

"It's things like this that continue to destroy. Read the investigation. It has officers admitting their wrongdoing. But now their wrongdoing is rectified and justified. I don't accept it and I'm concerned how anyone running the city can accept it," Hall said Thursday.

Contact Us