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chiefsrule
03-28-2009, 03:08 PM
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A Dallas police officer that delayed Houston Texans’ running back Ryan Moats from visiting his mother-in-law before she died in a Plano hospital was reassigned to dispatch as the situation is being investigated. Read more on Ryan Moats’ sad story below and see the police dashcam video below.
The Dallas Morning News has video from a police dashboard camera that shows the Dallas police officer pulling over Texans running back Ryan Moats in front of the hospital where his mother-in-law lay dying of cancer.
Ryan Moats, his wife and other family members rushed from their Dallas home to Baylor Regional Medical Center in Plano in the early morning hours of March 18th after receiving word at midnight that Moats’ mother-in-law, Jonetta Collinsworth, was dying from her breast cancer.
Ryan Moats’ vehicle had rolled through a red light and he was stopped by Officer Robert Powell in the hospital’s parking lot.
Officer Powell kept Moats and another family member for 13 minutes, threatening Moats with arrest and giving him a lecture. By the time Ryan Moat’s was released, his mother-in-law, Jonetta Collinsworth had already died.
The Moats family (who are black) can’t help but think that race may have played a role in how Officer Powell, who is white, treated them.
“I think he should lose his job,” said Ryan Moats, a Dallas native, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Dallas-Fort Worth television station WFAA-TV has obtained dashboard video from inside Powell’s cruiser, showing how everything went down with Officer Powell threatening Moats with arrest while his relative was dying.
From Dallas Morning News:
When the car was pulled over, Moats’ wife, Tamishia Moats, and her great aunt got out of the car to get into the hospital.
“Get in there!” Powell said, according to the Dallas Morning News’ account of the footage. “Let me see your hands!”
“My mom is dying,” Tamishia Moats replied. She and her great aunt ignored the officer and headed into the hospital, while Ryan Moats and another family member stayed behind, according to the report.
“I waited until no traffic was coming,” Moats told Powell, explaining why he had rolled through the red light. “I got seconds before she’s gone, man,” he said, the newspaper reported.
Powell demanded his license, which Moats produced, and proof of insurance, which Moats could not find. “Just give me a ticket or whatever,” Moats said, his frustration beginning to show, according to the report.
“Shut your mouth,” Powell told him, the newspaper reported. “You can cooperate and settle down, or I can just take you to jail for running a red light.”
In another exchange reported by the Morning News, Moats again asked the officer to complete the traffic stop quickly.
“If you’re going to give me a ticket, give me a ticket,” Moats said.
“Your attitude says that you need one,” Powell replied.
“All I’m asking you is just to hurry up,” Moats added.
“If you want to keep this going, I’ll just put you in handcuffs,” the officer said, “and I’ll take you to jail for running a red light.”
Powell continued on, making several more points, and Moats replied “Yes sir” to each.
“Understand what I can do,” Powell said, according to the report. “I can tow your truck. I can charge you with fleeing. I can make your night very difficult.”
“I understand,” Moats responded. “I hope you’ll be a great person and not do that.”
Hospital security guards then arrived and told Powell that the Moatses’ relative really was upstairs dying, the newspaper reported. But Powell spent several minutes inside his squad car, checking Moats for outstanding warrants. He found none.
Another hospital staff member emerged from the hospital and spoke with a Plano police officer who had arrived on the scene. “Hey, that’s the nurse,” the Plano officer told Powell, according to the Morning News. “She said that the mom’s dying right now, and she’s wanting to know if they can get him up there before she dies.”
“All right,” Powell replied, according to the report. “I’m almost done.”
As Moats signed the ticket, Powell made another point.
“Attitude’s everything,” he said, the newspaper reported. “All you had to do is stop, tell me what was going on. More than likely, I would have let you go.”
Powell, hired in January 2006, did not return a call for comment, the newspaper reported. But Dallas Assistant Chief Floyd Simpson said Powell told police officials that he believed that he was doing his job.
“When people are in distress, we should come to the rescue,” Simpson said, according to the report. “We shouldn’t further their distress.”

Chiefster
03-28-2009, 03:56 PM
Moats didn't help his cause by wasting time arguing with the cop. JMHO

Chiefster
03-28-2009, 04:00 PM
You really need to see the video.

Chiefster
03-28-2009, 04:05 PM
The cop should have used better judgement as well.

This video is a bit more telling.

http://www.wfaa.com/video/featured-index.html?nvid=345766

Wski Girl
03-28-2009, 04:12 PM
Every city has at least one butthead cop. thats really sad that that happened to him, the cop definately needed better judgement!

Vandelay
03-28-2009, 08:02 PM
I was giving the cop the benifit of the doubt until I saw that vid. That was BS, Moats was not the one trying to argue. The cop just kept talking and telling him he had the authority to charge him with all these violations, all Moats was asking was to get it done quickly. Even after two different people come out and tell the cop Moats is needed right now he still detains him. All I can say is Moats handled that much better than I would have, I would have explained the situation one time, and then went inside the hospital.

chiefsrule
03-28-2009, 08:26 PM
Moats handled it very well. I would have taken off running in the hospital and let him chase after me.

AussieChiefsFan
03-28-2009, 08:39 PM
Nice Car.:D

Xeticus
03-29-2009, 12:17 PM
Moats handled things very well, especially considering the situation. What's really telling is that a police officer who was stationed there came out to verify the story and Officer Powell didn't relent. A nurse came out and verified that the mother-in-law was dying and had seconds left. He continued dragging his feet and took his time writing the guy a ticket ( a worthless one that was dismissed) while the young man's mother-in-law died. Officer Powell's behavior was disgusting he should be fired. Officers are here to protect and serve. They should be the best of us. Not unsympathetic, power tripping buttwipes.

Coach
03-29-2009, 02:49 PM
All I can say is Moats handled that much better than I would have, I would have explained the situation one time, and then went inside the hospital.


Moats handled it very well. I would have taken off running in the hospital and let him chase after me.

Exactly. If it was his mother, we probably would have. It was his mother-in-law though.

Sn@keIze
03-29-2009, 11:37 PM
Ive talked to other people bout this on you tube and a lot think racism played a part.

But I think race has nothing to do with it.

This is just one stupid cop who doesnt know how to put two and two together.

He was speeding towards the E.R.

Ummm.. hello?!

Canada
03-30-2009, 09:05 AM
I got out of a speeding ticket by telling a cop I had to take a sh!t real bad.

dbolan
03-30-2009, 10:02 AM
First, when a cop pulls you over, the first thing you should do is remain in the car. When people start bailing out, that puts the cop in defense mode.

If you stay seated and explain the story from inside the vehicle, you are more likely to get the results you want.

Second, I think the cop could have cut them some slack but if you STOP and think about it...How MANY BS stories do you think a traffic cop has heard that were in fact, true?

Exactly!

dbolan
03-30-2009, 10:02 AM
I got out of a speeding ticket by telling a cop I had to take a sh!t real bad.

I'll remember that one! LOL!

Canada
03-30-2009, 10:03 AM
I'll remember that one! LOL!

Just be prepared incase they call your bluff!! :D

Sn@keIze
03-30-2009, 10:09 AM
First, when a cop pulls you over, the first thing you should do is remain in the car. When people start bailing out, that puts the cop in defense mode.

If you stay seated and explain the story from inside the vehicle, you are more likely to get the results you want.

Second, I think the cop could have cut them some slack but if you STOP and think about i t...How MANY BS stories do you think a traffic cop has heard that were in fact, true?

Exactly!ya the cop probly thought he was BSn him and that the guy was speeding towards the hopital to hijack the helicopter to make an escape.

Canada
03-30-2009, 10:17 AM
ya the cop probly thought he was BSn him and that the guy was speeding towards the hopital to hijack the helicopter to make an escape.

Just cause you are drinving towards the hospital does not mean that the hospital is your destination. I have to drive towards the hospital to get tot he beer store. I think I am gonna go to the beer store now. :bananen_smilies046:

GlennBree
03-30-2009, 06:11 PM
This

GlennBree
03-30-2009, 06:15 PM
This subject is the ONLY thing they are talking about on the sports talk radio here. There is more to this cops past if you haven't heard. He also took one woman to jail previously for traffic violations. Something like no reg. sticker and no proof of insurance. All in all 5 charges-4 of which were later dropped. BUT COME ON NOW...TO TAKE HER TO JAIL??? This guy obviously has a problem with holding a position of authority!! It is REALLY sad. Yes, the cops have to be careful...but they are also here to S E R V E the public. NOT ABUSE THEM

Canada
03-30-2009, 07:50 PM
So just let them go ahead and run red lights, don't need to sticker your car, no proof of insurance. I have not watched the video, nor do I know the cop but the fact is if these people obeyed the law then there would not have been a problem in the first place. I think way too many people are too quick to say the cop are always wrong. Don't speed, stop for red lights, insure your vehicle and there will not be any problems.

Vandelay
03-30-2009, 08:09 PM
First, when a cop pulls you over, the first thing you should do is remain in the car. When people start bailing out, that puts the cop in defense mode.

If you stay seated and explain the story from inside the vehicle, you are more likely to get the results you want.

Second, I think the cop could have cut them some slack but if you STOP and think about it...How MANY BS stories do you think a traffic cop has heard that were in fact, true?

Exactly!
I didn't have a problem with the cop until the hospital security came out and confirmed Moats was telling the truth, and he was needed immediatly. The cop could have let Moats go inside, he could have mailed him the freaking ticket. The cop seemed to be purposly deliberate.

Chiefster
03-31-2009, 12:18 AM
I can see mistakes on both sides. Bottom line is that when it was made clear to the cop that it was a dire life and death situation I think he should have then used a bit more discretion.

Wski Girl
04-03-2009, 02:18 PM
I got out of a speeding ticket by telling a cop I had to take a sh!t real bad.
ironically im not surprised by this!

Wski Girl
04-05-2009, 05:40 PM
Moats did nothing wrong,you can't just let them go because they say there mother in law is dying.(have you seen what people do to get out of tickets)and you can't run a light.Moats did lots of things wrong.the cop could have spead things up but I well.BTW the cop resigned because of all you people calling him dumb,stupid,etc.
I think both could have handled it better, But if it was such a question as to why he did it, why not follow the guy up to the room let him say his goodbyes and be with his family, then if necessary haul his butt down to the station, at least he would get to be there for his goodbye...

Canada
04-05-2009, 06:07 PM
Moats did nothing wrong,you can't just let them go because they say there mother in law is dying.(have you seen what people do to get out of tickets)and you can't run a light.Moats did lots of things wrong.the cop could have spead things up but I well.BTW the cop resigned because of all you people calling him dumb,stupid,etc.

:sign0153:

Wski Girl
04-05-2009, 06:33 PM
:sign0153:
im guessing he was trying for sarcasm:D

tornadospotter
04-06-2009, 11:29 PM
im guessing he was trying for sarcasm:D
Not what I was going to guess. But thats me.

prough91
04-08-2009, 11:57 AM
Moats did nothing wrong,you can't just let them go because they say there mother in law is dying.(have you seen what people do to get out of tickets)and you can't run a light.Moats did lots of things wrong.the cop could have spead things up but I well.BTW the cop resigned because of all you people calling him dumb,stupid,etc.

Good. When a nurse came out and told the cop that Moats mother-in-law was really dying, he should have let Moats go right then.

Chiefster
04-11-2009, 04:59 PM
...BTW the cop resigned because of all you people calling him dumb,stupid,etc.


I'm quite certain that was the case. :rolleyes: