Indiana State Police will investigate a trooper who was ticketed during a raid on Northeastside poker club.
Trooper Kyle D. Freeman, 30, a seven-year veteran assigned to the Indianapolis Post was cited for unlawful gambling, a misdemeanor. Freeman was put on administrative duties and an internal investigation will be conducted, state police announced today in a press release.
Indianapolis metropolitan police raided the Indianapolis Pinnacle Club at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 3900 block of Pendleton Way after a year-long vice investigation into illegal gambling.
Police arrested three men - one who had a firearm in his boot - and issued summons arrests to 60 people – including Freeman -- for illegal gambling. Players ranged in ages from 18 to 70, were males and females and reside in Marion, Hancock, Morgan, and Hamilton counties, police said.
About $6,000 was seized from the establishment, in addition to poker chips, computers, flat screens and other gambling paraphernalia.
Police said it appears the poker club ran games seven days a week.
The club was the target of an armed robbery last week.
Two men, one armed with an "Uzi-style" automatic handgun, robbed the Indianapolis Pinnacle Club at about 3:30 a.m. on March 6, according to a police report. The armed suspect struck club owner Ryan Roe in the face with the gun, polcie said. The robbers got away with $11,700, police said.
Patrons pay a membership fee, in addition to paying to play on any given evening. The building is just south of East Pendleton Pike and just west of I-465, on the Northeastside.
The three outright arrests were of: Roe, 36, for promoting professional gambling, a felony; Donald Kincaid, 65, for illegal gambling and carrying a firearm without a license; and Richard Harvey, 28, for illegal gambling and a civil contempt warrant.
Indianapolis police were right to raid the illegal poker club and make the appropriate arrests. You may recall a similar raid last year of a westside poker club at which TV news cameras watched from the air as police conducted the raid. It remains a curiosity, however, why the city police have now had two highly-publicized raids of poker clubs operated by Caucasians, while it continues to ignore numerous pea shake houses, which are operated illegally by African-Americans in some of the city's poorer neighborhoods. Unlike these two poker clubs, surrounding neighbors weren't complaining about the public nuisance created by the pea-shake houses, including increased traffic and noise in residential areas, guns, drugs and prostitution. I guess the pea shake house benefit from the prominent African-American politicians who speak out in their defense. You don't see any prominent politicians defending the illegal poker clubs do you?