Dallas Cop Disciplined After Detaining NFL Player As Relative Died

March 26, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Dallas police Officer Robert Powell is in hot water for his treatment of NFL player Ryan Moats and his family.  A frantic Moats a running back for the Houston Texans, with emergency flashers blinking, had run a red light rushing to Baylor Regional Medical Center in Plano, where his wife’s mother was upstairs dying. He had received a call that he and his wife should get to the hospital if they wanted to see  his wife’s mother before she passed. Powell was certainly just doing his job to stop Moats and question him about the traffic violation but he then exercised some rather questionable judgment. Moats explained the situation several times, but the cop did not care. Powell drew his gun during the March 18 incident and Moats’ wife, who was in the car along with other relatives, said Powell pointed his weapon at her.

Moats’s wife, Tamishia, ignored Powell and ran into the hospital anyway. She arrived at her mother’s bedside just as 45-year-old Jonetta Collinsworth died. Video of the incident was captured on a 16-minute video (Part 1 and Part 2), from a dashboard camera inside the officer’s vehicle,  revealed an intense exchange in which the officer threatened to jail Moats.  By the time the 26-year-old NFL player received a ticket and a lecture from Powell, about 13 minutes had passed. When he and Collinsworth’s father entered the hospital, they learned Collinsworth was dead.

Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle today stood in front of a dozen news cameras this afternoon at police headquarters to apologize for the behavior of Powell. Chief Kunkle says the officer, who was told by a second officer that the story checked out, should have apologized and offered to help the family.
“His behavior in my opinion, did not exhibit the common sense, discretion, the compassion that we expect our officers to exhibit,” the chief told a packed audience of media outlets.

The chief also praised Moats and his family for how they handled the officer’s behavior.

“They exercised extraordinary patience, restraint, dealing with the behavior of our officer,” Kunkle said. “At no time did Mr. Moats identify himself as an NFL football player or expect any kind of special consideration. He handled himself very, very well.”

Officer Powell, was put on administrative leave on Thursday.


One Response to “Dallas Cop Disciplined After Detaining NFL Player As Relative Died”

  1. Mokie on March 28th, 2009 4:37 am

    Ya know, the thing about it is, who cares whether he plays football or cleans toilets. These NFL hacks get enough special attention as it is…….. why did that even have to be mentioned? And the other thing: The cop would have never been reprimanded if this guy had not been an NFL player.

    I hate the circumstances …….. but I have to say that if this had happened to you or me, the story would have never made it past the chief’s desk. And of course, skin color had a lot to do with it as well.

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