High-ranking Dallas Police Lieutenant Regina Smith is under fire today, not for excessive force or being a dirty cop, but because of her side-hustle: rapping.

Smith, who oversees burglary and theft investigative detectives, goes by the moniker “Lucille Baller” and spins lyrical tales of being a powerful woman (packing a gun) who won’t take any mess from anyone.

In one song, republished on the Dallas Morning News site, Lucille Baller raps:

“Lucy keep it real, I’m going to tell you like it is. Don’t push Ms. Lucy, because you won’t like the consequences,” she raps on the video. “Lucy got a drawer full of all day suckers, don’t mess with me, or I will shoot the —- ‘cuz Lucille Baller she been to hell and back.”

While Smith’s lyrics are no different than the typical braggadocios rhymes of most rappers, officials at the Dallas Police Department aren’t so sure her alter ego is fit for service. Smith was recently placed on administrative leave after reporters at the Dallas Morning News found Smith’s website and songs.

According to Smith, her songs have “nothing to do with the police department,” but Randy Blankenbaker, Police Chief David Brown’s chief of staff, said the department is “aware of this website and its content, is currently reviewing the issue and will take action consistent with our findings.”

Although some may criticize Smith for possibly jeopardizing her career, her hobby grew out of a tragedy, the death of her husband.

Smith began her record label, Big Rush In, after her husband Norman Smith, a fellow police officer known as “Big Russian,” was killed in the line of duty. According to the Lieutenant, the label is a labor of love and has helped her deal with her husband’s death.

Since his murder, Smith says she’s been in a “state of deep remorse and grief,” and has been “alone in my struggle as far as support from the department, but I have not been alone when it comes to friends.”

While it may not be the best outlet for her grief, Lt. Smith does have a First Amendment right to express herself.  And if Rick Ross can go from being a corrections officer to a rap kingpin, then why can’t she?

  • Mademoiselle

    This isn’t anything new. Most companies have policies on secondary jobs — everything from non-compete policies to political posts to image and branding policies. Smith’s side-gig could lend itself to a defense attorney making claims of an unlawful arrest in a case she may be involved in based on the content of her songs, and the Police Dept would be charged with cleaning that up. Read your employment agreements and your employee policies: when you contract to work for a company, you agree to uphold the image of the company on and off campus.

    P.S. Rick Ross’s rap career didn’t happen simultaneously with his corrections officer job.

  • Echo

    In this case, per a news report that appeared on one of Dallas’ local news broadcasts earlier this week, at issue is not that the officer is a rapper but that she made a YouTube video to promote her label, and evidently that’s against DPD’s policy, and allegedly made some statements against the department. Here’s the link to the Dallas news broadcast report: http://www.myfoxdfw.com/story/20203611/dallas-police-lt-regina-smith-suspended-over-rap-video

  • EST. 1986

    Um, yea. Probably not a good idea to rap about shooting people when you are a cop.

  • rando

    she’s terrible

  • http://gravatar.com/missinformation7 Ms. Information

    She she be placed on leave because she is old and lame trying to be a rapper…”Lucille Baller”? Lucille Ball should be ashamed…gtfoh

  • AM

    but, I have questions. Who is buying her music?! Is this a legitimate side hustle, or a legitimate hobby?! May God bless this woman, she is hurting!!! Death is not easy.

  • http://gravatar.com/missinformation7 Ms. Information

    I feel guilty now..-_ -

  • AM

    just pray for her or think kind thoughts lool!

  • JJ

    My ears have asked to be placed on leave after hearing that foolery

  • Shell

    maybe if her rapping skills were worth loosing the job. but they clearly are not.

  • http://gravatar.com/internationalcaribbeanstudies Lovely

    It is an outlet for her husband’s death. Those who are criticizing about her skills, what is your outlet if a loved on passed. Think about that and stop judging.

  • Niqi

    But yet if it were a cop who killed or abused someone theyd be supporting her,probably call her a hero.

  • AM

    couldn’t agree more. well said.

  • Reneé

    And Rick Ross has skills??????? Gimme a break!! I applaud the sista. If fat, wack, 40 year old, stealing the name of a REAL gangsta who is actually STILL LIVING, Rick Ross can make a career out of it, then #$^% so should she. I mean, come on. Rick Ross???? Do you really like his songs or did you just finally get sucked in after hearing them played on the radio and in the club. RIck Ross?????? #clearlynotafan

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