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Officer holds pro-football player for over 20 minutes while his mother dies. – UPDATED!

Posted by iusbvision on March 27, 2009

By now most people have seen this video. A Dallas police officer refused to allow a football player (Ryan Moats) into a hospital to be with his dying mother in law. The football player was with his wife at the time. The officer pulled him over for running a red light, the light was defective due to a power outage.

Officers need to know when someone has what is called a “defense of necessity”. This officer should have offered to escort the man inside and gotten the rest of the facts later. When an officer takes on the attitude that he is the people’s master instead of the people’s servant, common sense goes out the window in exactly the same way you saw with this officer.

Officer Powell still insists that he acted properly. He is too stupid to be a police officer. He should be fired and I wish that his victim could sue him for the distress he brought to this family. Officer Powell should have to pay restitution.

The police chief apologized on behalf of the Dallas Police Department:

While I cannot prove it, I suspect that the victim’s color had something to do with the officer’s attitude as  well. Powell was completely dismissive of anything his victim had to say, as if he was less than human. As far as I am concerned, as long as Officer Powell has a badge and a gun the streets of Dallas are not safe. That is not something that I say lightly. Any time you have a cop with a cloak of infallibility on the loose, he is a danger to himself and all around him. In fairness, with the cloak of infallibility attitude such an officer would escalate any situation in spite of the color of his victim. If you behave as if you are the people’s master race may have little to do with it.

UPDATE I – Powell at it again via the Sporting News:

Maritza Thomas, wife of former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Zach Thomas, was jailed for three hours after being pulled over for an illegal U-turn by Robert Powell, the same police officer who detained Houston Texans running back Ryan Moats while his mother-in-law was dying, according to a report on the Dallas Morning News’ website.

Maritza Thomas, who is Latina, was arrested last July while her husband was at Cowboys training camp in Oxnard, Calif. Four of the five tickets Powell issued to her were later dismissed, according to the newspaper.

Here is another link to the story claiming harassment by Officer Powell – LINK.

UPDATE II – After declaring himself to have done no wrong, Powell apologizes. – http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/03/27/national/main4898503.shtml?tag=topStory

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