Friday, March 27, 2009

Dallas Police Officer Should Be Fired!

As reported by the Associated Press, A Dallas police officer was put on desk duty after pulling over an NFL player rushing to see his dying mother-in-law in the hospital and holding him in the hospital parking lot as she died. Dallas Police Officer Robert Powell stopped Houston Texans running back Ryan Moats' SUV outside Baylor Regional Medical Center during the early hours of March 18 after Moats rolled through a red light.

The Dallas Morning News provides an unedited Dallas police dashboard camera video shows traffic stop of NFL player Ryan Moats. The Dallas Morning News provides the nearly 17-minute video shows the entire incident involving Houston Texans running back Ryan Moats and Dallas police officer Robert Powell. Moats was rushing his wife and two of her family members to a hospital, where his mother-in-law lay dying. She died while Moats and his wife's grandfather waited outside the hospital for the officer to issue a ticket. Edited

Moats and his family had gotten a call saying his mother-in-law was dying.
Video from a dashboard camera inside the officer's vehicle, obtained by Dallas-Fort Worth station WFAA-TV, revealed an intense exchange in which the officer threatened to jail Moats.
He ordered Moats' wife, Tamishia Moats, to get back in the SUV, but she ignored him and rushed inside the hospital to see her mother, Jonetta Collinsworth, 45, and was by her side when she died a short time later. She had breast cancer.

"Get in there," said Powell, yelling at 27-year-old Tamishia Moats, as she exited the car. "Let me see your hands!"

"Excuse me, my mom is dying," Tamishia Moats said. "Do you understand?"

Moats explained that he waited until there was no traffic before proceeding through the red light and that his mother-in-law was dying, right then.

Moats couldn't find his insurance paperwork, and was desperate to leave.
"Listen, if I can't verify you have insurance...," Officer Powell said. "My mother-in-law is dying," Moats interrupted.

As they argued, the officer got irritated. "Shut your mouth," the officer said. "You can either settle down and cooperate or I can just take you to jail for running a red light."
By the time the 26-year-old NFL player received a ticket and a lecture from Powell, 25, at least 13 minutes had passed.

When he and Collinsworth's father entered the hospital, they learned Collinsworth was dead, The Dallas Morning News reported in today's editions.
The Moatses, who are black, said they can't help but think that race might have played a part in how Powell, who is white, treated them.

"I think he should lose his job," said Ryan Moats, a Dallas native.

Powell was placed on disptach duty pending an investigation. The ticket issued to Moats was dismissed, Lt. Andy Harvey told WFAA-TV.

"There were some things that were said that were disturbing, to say the least," he told the Dallas Morning News.

Powell told police officials he believed he was doing his job, said Dallas Police Assistant Chief Floyd Simpson.

AAPP: What do you think should happen to this cops job? Should he be fired? Was he just doing his job?


Bad Boy in Blue said...

Do you realize how often people who are speeding claim they are rushing to the hospital to see a dying loved one?

The police officer based his actions on the behavior of the driver. Had the driver pulled over immediately and explained the situation, the police officer likely would have given him an escort to the hospital. However, the driver repeatedly ignored the officer's instructions; therefore, the officer had perfect reason to suspect the driver and his passengers were dangerous.

The fault here lies with the driver, not the officer. A dying loved one is no excuse to violate the law and act in a reckless manner.

Anonymous said...

Well bad boy I guess your nickname there says it all. You sound like a typical dickhead that has no business being a cop. So let me be first to say fuck you. You say you hear those excuses all the time? Do they generally come from people in hospital parking lots? Here's my take Powell needed his ass kicked. He has no business with a badge. If he goes back into law enforcement here's a toast to hoping he gets one.

Anonymous said...

Wow anonymous, they say you can tell a lot about a person by how they speak, or in this case on how you write. You might want to seek out a physician to fix that problem you have excreting feces out of your head oriface. The Officer was only wrong by the behavior he exhibited after it was confirmed that they were at the hospital for a legitimate purpose. Mr. Moats behavior was also inexcusable, but I guess he feels he has no obligation to follow Texas traffic statutes. Where is his apology to the City of Dallas and their citizens for his poor judgement?