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If you Hate Cops, this Story won't Change your Opinion

Shocking traffic stop for Moats
Texans RB detained while relative lay dying

By Steve Thompson and Tanya Eiserer | Dallas Morning News
March 27, 2009

DALLAS ? The Dallas Police Department confirmed Thursday that an officer drew a gun on Houston Texans running back Ryan Moats and his wife after stopping them to give them a ticket even as they begged to hurry to the bedside of her mother.

As he rushed his family to the hospital, Moats, 26, rolled through a red light. A Dallas police officer pulled their vehicle over outside the emergency room at the Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano.

?He was pointing a gun at me as soon as I got out of the car,? said Moats? wife, Tamishia.

Seconds later, Moats and his wife explained that her mother was dying inside the hospital.

?You really want to go through this?? Moats pleaded. ?My mother-in-law is dying. Right now!?

Dallas police officials said Officer Robert Powell told his commanders he believed he was doing his job and that he drew his gun but did not point it.

Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle said Powell was not necessarily acting improperly when he pulled his weapon but that once he realized what was happening he should have put the gun back and offered to help the family in any way.

Kunkle apologized to the family and announced that Powell would be on paid leave pending an internal investigation.

?His behavior, in my opinion, did not exhibit the common sense, the discretion, the compassion that we expect our officers to exhibit,? Kunkle said.

?It?s hard to find the right word and still be professional in my role as the police chief. But the behavior was not appropriate.?

Powell, 25, spent several minutes writing Moats a ticket and threatened him with arrest during the incident last week. The scene was captured by a dashboard video camera.

?I can screw you over,? the officer told Moats. ?I?d rather not do that.?

Moats? mother-in-law, Jonetta Collinsworth, 45, was struggling with breast cancer that had spread throughout her body.

About midnight March 17, the Moatses received word that they needed to hurry back to the hospital if they wanted to see Collinsworth before she died. The couple, along with Collinsworth?s father and an aunt, jumped into the vehicle and headed back toward the hospital. They exited the highway just down the street from the hospital.

Moats turned on his hazard lights. He stopped at a red light, where, he said, the only nearby motorist signaled for him to go ahead. He went through. Powell, watching traffic from a hidden spot, flipped on his lights and sirens. In less than a minute, he caught up to the Moats and followed for about 20 more seconds as Moats found a parking spot outside the emergency room.

Tamishia, 27, was the first out. Powell drew his gun and yelled at her to get back in.

?My mom is dying,? she said. Tamishia Moats and her great-aunt ignored the officer and headed into the hospital.

Powell lectured Moats, telling him at one point, ?If you want to keep this going, I?ll just put you in handcuffs and I?ll take you to jail.?

Hospital security guards arrived and told Powell that the Moatses? relative really was upstairs dying. Another hospital staffer came out and spoke with a Plano police officer who had arrived.

?Hey, that?s the nurse,? the Plano officer told Powell. ?She said that the mom?s dying right now.?

?All right,? Powell replied. ?I?m almost done.?

It had been about 13 minutes.

Moats and Collinsworth?s father went into the hospital, where they found Collinsworth had died, with her daughter at her side.

The ticket issued to Moats was dismissed, a police spokesman said.

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They need to fire that cop if it turns out to be true

He resigned

The cop resigned.

It came on the Dallas News that he resigned. I’m sure he was advised.

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[quote]That One Guy wrote:
He resigned[/quote]

Good.

There are good cops…but I sure have met tons of the other kind.

I personally think there are too many cops in an area when all you ever see them do is pull people over for speeding.

[quote]pittbulll wrote:
They need to fire that cop if it turns out to be true[/quote]

Dude, did you watch the video? It’s true. The fucking POS sat there and took his sweet time writing up the ticket AFTER the nurses at the hospital came out and told him that Moats’ mother in law was dying and his wife was asking for him.

discretion and common sense are tough to come by these days…in every profession.

Thats the most horrible thing I ever heard of. How stupidly retarded of that cop. What was up his ass to do that to anyone. I still can’t believe I read that.

The cop was a DICK

[quote]Steel Nation wrote:
pittbulll wrote:
They need to fire that cop if it turns out to be true

Dude, did you watch the video? It’s true. The fucking POS sat there and took his sweet time writing up the ticket AFTER the nurses at the hospital came out and told him that Moats’ mother in law was dying and his wife was asking for him.[/quote]

Sfter I posted that

Poor cop got picked on as in high school…wah

I hope someone he loves dies.

[quote]Rape Weight wrote:
I hope someone he loves dies.[/quote]

Won’t happen - he probably doesn’t love anybody.

[quote]dirtbag wrote:
Thats the most horrible thing I ever heard of. How stupidly retarded of that cop. What was up his ass to do that to anyone. I still can’t believe I read that.[/quote]

THIS is the most horrible thing you have ever heard of? Were you born yesterday?

Another example of abuse of power.

[quote]mmllcc wrote:
dirtbag wrote:
Thats the most horrible thing I ever heard of. How stupidly retarded of that cop. What was up his ass to do that to anyone. I still can’t believe I read that.

THIS is the most horrible thing you have ever heard of? Were you born yesterday?[/quote]

In this context yes. This is worst then beating someone for resisting arrest. Cause you will always remember it for life and it will be tagged into the death of someone close.

Maybe you should lose someone close to you can not get a chance to say good bye and see what that is like before you make stupid statements on a forum.

[quote]Iron Dwarf wrote:
Another example of abuse of power.

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which is why kids should not be cops…

just because you are of legal age does not mean you have the maturity to be in a position of power.

and i see it all the time in the news.

What scares me is that these people exhibit no common sense, and are given both a gun and the authority to use it. If they cannot show common sense in general, Lord help us all if they pull out their gun.