Former City of Flint Police Chief to Face multiple felonies


Morning Gazette Radio Show reports Brad Barksdale to be arraigned on gambling and weapons charges

FLINT (CCN) —  A former police chief in the City of Flint is scheduled to be arraigned on multiple felony charges in front of Genesee County 67th District Court Judge David Guinn, according to a story earlier today on The Morning Gazette Radio Show. 

Court records indicate that a warrant request was made for Bradford Barksdale on felony counts for illegal gambling and weapons charges after an investigation by State Police.

Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell said Wednesday morning that he was unaware of any pending actions agaisnt Barksdale and added that the former police chief is not lodged at the Genesee County Jail. "If he is in custody, it's my guess he may have been taken to Shiawassee County or Lapeer County for his own safety because they wouldn't want to lodge him with people he may have arrested," Sheriff Pickell said.

Court records indicate that felony warrants were sworn out for Barksdale and co-defendants Al Crosnoe and Adam Crosnoe on illegal gambling charges and a felony for using a computer in the commission of a crime.

The Morning Gazette Radio Show quoted sources a few months ago that said a raid at Al Crosnoe's home resulted in all his assets being seized, including his cell phone. He's the former operator of Poker Palace in Burton which was shut down by state officials for violating state gaming laws.

It was reported on the same show that Barksdale was an investor at a Flint Township computer gaming location where a raid was conducted. A raid at his home, according to reliable sources, resulted in the weapons charges when short barreled shotguns and rifles were seized. Current Flint Police Chief Timothy Johnson and Deputy Chief Devon Bernritter have not yet returned telephone calls to comment about whether the Flint Police Department was involved in the investigation. Missing guns were reported a few years ago during an inventory of the department's evidence room. 

An official at the Michigan Gaming Board said no comments would be issued about the case until after the arraignment which is being handled by Assistant Prosecutor Robyn Lindell of the Michigan Attorney General's Office. Lindell is the same prosecutor who led the cases against Larry Nassar — the former US Olympic doctor who sexually assaulted dozens of victims while also working for Michigan State University.

Barksdale retired in 2003 after serving four years as Flint's police chief. His rose up through the ranks of the Flint Police Department during a career that began there in 1977 after attending the police academy.

Barksdale made headlines in 2009 when shooting a Davison man who was in the process of robbing Poker Palace in Burton. Barksdale was playing poker there when the robbery took place.  The Michigan Chiefs of Police Association later awarded Barksdale the medal of valor for his act of bravery during the robbery incident when the gunman was shot and killed after demanding money. 

Barksdale also shot and killed a man in his driveway a few years earlier when saying the victim was trying to steal his vehicle.


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