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Police say these two took unauthorized donations at NFL Draft for slain Dallas police officer

Authorities in Dallas said two people who stood outside the NFL Draft this past weekend in Arlington were not approved by the Dallas Police Association to collect money for a slain Dallas police officer.
Authorities in Dallas said two people who stood outside the NFL Draft this past weekend in Arlington were not approved by the Dallas Police Association to collect money for a slain Dallas police officer. Courtesy

Correction: This story has been corrected. The original version did not accurately describe the way police characterized the fundraisers.

As thousands of NFL fans flooded into AT&T Stadium in Arlington this past weekend for the 2018 NFL Draft, community members were still mourning the loss of a Dallas police officer earlier in the week.

The Dallas Police Association says a man and woman who were soliciting cash donations outside the stadium for fallen officer Rogelio Santander were not approved by the association. Santander was gunned down Tuesday at a Home Depot in Lake Highlands.

A candlelight vigil was held in for slain 27-year-old Rogelio Santander a Dallas Police Department officer who was killed in the line of duty on April 24.

They were dressed in blue Assist the Officer Foundation T-shirts, had bullhorns and an orange bucket with a hole cut in the top displaying the association's logo, the DPA said.

In a tweet, the DPA said that, "We did not approve this man or woman to raise funds for Assist the Officer Foundation!!"

Since the shooting that also left another police officer and a Home Depot loss-prevention officer in critical condition, several organizations have begun taking donations for their families.

The Blue Guardian Foundation and National Latino Law Enforcement Organization Greater Dallas Chapter set up a donation website for families of all three officers. The organizations said all proceeds will go directly to the officers, their families for any medical bills and costs they will incur in the near future.

After leading the Dallas police on a wild police chase, Armando Juarez is seen being escorted to the Dallas jail. Juarez is accused of shooting two Dallas police officers and one civilian at a Home Depot on Tuesday.

The Dallas Police Association is hoping to raise $150,000 in donations for the families through their Assist the Officer Foundation. The association says 100 percent of the net donations will go directly to the officers' families.

Arlington Police are looking for these 10 fugitives. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest. Call 817-469-8477.



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