Cop halts visit to dying in-law. Is this racist stupidity?
The Dallas Police Department confirmed 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 DYING mother. A traffic stop prevented NFL player Ryan Moats from seeing his mother-in-law before she died.
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. The Dallas Police said the cop 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. “His behavior, in my opinion, did not exhibit the common sense, the discretion, the compassion that we expect our officers to exhibit.”
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, was struggling with breast cancer that had spread throughout her body.
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.
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.
The ticket issued to Moats was dismissed, a police spokesman said.
To comment….click on the number that is next to the title of this post or click on the title of the post itself.