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Lucky3623
03-27-2009, 09:22 AM
This just pisses me off, but doesn't supprise me in the least. A lot of the police around here are on SuperCop power trips. I have worked with many officers who are not, but there seems to be a large number of them around my parts who are. Don't know how long the link (http://cbs11tv.com/local/Ryan.Moats.Delayed.2.968230.html) will be good, so I pasted the entire article:


PLANO (AP / CBS 11 NEWS) ―
A Dallas police officer who detained an NFL player in a Plano hospital parking lot--despite the player's pleas that his mother-in-law was dying inside--has been placed on administrative leave.

Police Chief David Kunkle said Thursday that Officer Robert Powell will be placed on leave with pay pending an internal investigation over the March 18 incident with Houston Texans running back Ryan Moats.

Kunkle said the department is "embarrassed and disappointed" by Powell's actions during the stop. "This is more embarrassing and troublesome because it seems to be so unreasonable based on the circumstances," he said.

Powell stopped Moats' SUV outside Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano during the early hours of March 18 after Moats rolled through a red light. Moats and his family had gotten a call saying his mother-in-law was dying.

Video from a dashboard camera inside the officer's vehicle revealed an intense exchange in which the officer threatened to jail Moats.

He ordered Moats' wife, Tamishia Moats, to get back in the SUV, but she ignored him and rushed inside the hospital to see her mother, Jonetta Collinsworth, 45, and was by her side when she died a short time later. She had breast cancer.

"Get in there," said Powell, yelling at 27-year-old Tamishia Moats, as she exited the car. "Let me see your hands!"

"Excuse me, my mom is dying," Tamishia Moats said. "Do you understand?"

Moats explained that he waited until there was no traffic before proceeding through the red light and that his mother-in-law was dying, right then.

Moats couldn't find his insurance paperwork, and was desperate to leave.

"Listen, if I can't verify you have insurance...," Officer Powell said. "My mother-in-law is dying," Moats interrupted.

As they argued, the officer got irritated. "Shut your mouth," the officer said. "You can either settle down and cooperate or I can just take you to jail for running a red light."

By the time the 26-year-old NFL player received a ticket and a lecture from Powell, 25, at least 13 minutes had passed.

When he and Collinsworth's father entered the hospital, they learned Collinsworth was dead.

Moats' spoke at the incident with Kevin Scott and Greg Hill from 105.3 The Fan.

"He stole a moment away from me I can never get back," he said. "I'm really not the judge on what should happen to him. I think maybe his superiors at the Dallas Police Department should handle what should happen to him."

Listen to the entire interview here (http://www.1053thefan.com/pages/4090798.php)

The Moatses, who are black, said they can't help but think that race might have played a part in how Powell, who is white, treated them.

Powell was placed on disptach duty pending an investigation. The ticket issued to Moats was dismissed.

Powell told police officials he believed he was doing his job, said Dallas Police Assistant Chief Floyd Simpson.

The Dallas Police Department released the following official response late Thursday afternoon:

In light of Officer Robert Powell's recent actions, the Dallas Police Department shares your feelings of disappointment and outrage. The behavior exhibited by Officer Powell does not reflect the professionalism expected from our officers. When the department became aware of this incident, we contacted the Moats family to express our deepest sympathy for their loss and apologized for the actions made by Officer Powell.

This officer has been placed on Administrative Leave while an Internal Affairs investigation is being conducted. In keeping with our mission, the men and women of the Dallas Police Department will treat our citizens with the same amount of dignity and respect with which they expect to be treated themselves.

( 2009 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

Trip
03-27-2009, 09:30 AM
saw that earlier, that was fucked up. What a bastard...

Racerboy
03-27-2009, 10:45 AM
What a douche bag officer....its not like they were driving to a night club and running inside.

This is how it will go from here on in.....He'll take the police to court, sue for a ridiculous amount of $$$, they will settle out of court, everyone will forget about it in a few days.

wildchild
03-27-2009, 04:22 PM
at least he won't lose any pay while they investigate his stupidity. Why not leave w/o pay, might make the jack asses think twice before they start acting like gun toting cowboys.

Trip
03-27-2009, 04:44 PM
at least he won't lose any pay while they investigate his stupidity. Why not leave w/o pay, might make the jack asses think twice before they start acting like gun toting cowboys.

Because if they make a rash decision and it turns out to be wrong, he can sue them and get the money back and more anyway. I got a feeling he is going to appeal whatever punishment they give him and get out of it. That's the fun of working for the government.

Ducati Diva
03-27-2009, 05:03 PM
Saw this on the news this am. Truly believe that "What goes around comes around" rule needs to apply here.

Lucky3623
03-27-2009, 05:53 PM
Because if they make a rash decision and it turns out to be wrong, he can sue them and get the money back and more anyway. I got a feeling he is going to appeal whatever punishment they give him and get out of it. That's the fun of working for the government.

Yes. Even if he does end up getting fired, he can appeal, and WILL be reinstated...

What sucks is he was pulled over less than 5 minutes from my house... See what I get to look forward to every day?!

bmblebee
03-27-2009, 06:25 PM
Perhaps a fitting punishment would be for him to surrender his LEO certificate...I don't think this guy is really someone who needs to be carrying a badge and gun

the chi
03-27-2009, 06:29 PM
That is profoundly sad. It does seem like a power trip problem, most especially since they were at the damn hospital!

Trip
03-27-2009, 06:36 PM
Want to get even more pissed off with this douchebag, watch the video of the stop...

'73 H1 Triple
03-27-2009, 11:10 PM
Perhaps a fitting punishment would be for him to surrender his LEO certificate...I don't think this guy is really someone who needs to be carrying a badge and gun

He needs to find another line of work and never, ever work in law enforcement again. To over simplify, he's on a power trip with absolutely no common sense or human decency at all.

Want to get even more pissed off with this douchebag, watch the video of the stop...

The video proves what a power trip this guy is on. The nurses come out and tell them his MIL is "coding" ( dying). Even the other LEO says to let him go in.

The self appointed "god" purposely takes his time insuring that he is too late to say his final words to his MIL.

Mikey
03-28-2009, 12:55 AM
If it was my mother that was dying and some cop stole my last minutes with her because he was on a powertrip, there's a very good chance that I would hunt him down and kill him. I'm a vindictive bastard like that.

I hope he is banned for life from law enforcement and dies broke and alone in a gutter somewhere. Fucking pig.

bmblebee
03-28-2009, 06:11 AM
If it was my mother that was dying and some cop stole my last minutes with her because he was on a powertrip, there's a very good chance that I would hunt him down and kill him. I'm a vindictive bastard like that.

I hope he is banned for life from law enforcement and dies broke and alone in a gutter somewhere. Fucking pig.


Stop with the sugar coating and tell us how you really feel...

Tsunami
04-01-2009, 05:05 PM
To over simplify, he's on a power trip with absolutely no common sense or human decency at all.



Theres a lot of cops like that. I'm sure there are lots of good LEO's out there, but i haven't personally met one yet.

In my personal experience, the cops in NYC are just dumb and the cops here in Vegas are racist and powertrip.

Lucky3623
04-02-2009, 09:23 AM
By the way... I haven't found it online yet... but the officer resigned from the DPD.


*Edit

Found it, this article has a couple of complaints against him also.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/DN-powell_02met.ART.State.Edition2.4a9b119.html

Avatard
04-02-2009, 11:25 AM
LEOs on this board take note: THIS IS WHY PEOPLE CALL YOU PIGS.

If even mildly suspect you're in this line of work to satisfy some even remotely similar power trip, you're in it for the wrong reasons; GTFO.

SICKENING.

Get out.

Homeslice
04-02-2009, 02:25 PM
Not sure why this is in "sports"

shmike
04-02-2009, 02:36 PM
The detainee was an NFL player.

Curb
04-02-2009, 05:28 PM
By the way... I haven't found it online yet... but the officer resigned from the DPD.


*Edit

Found it, this article has a couple of complaints against him also.

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/DN-powell_02met.ART.State.Edition2.4a9b119.html
fucking awesome!!! goddamn prick

Frostz28
04-02-2009, 06:55 PM
well originally I was thinking, Yeah he probably should have let him go, BUT Im sure they hear all kinds of excuses from people trying to get out of tickets, not to mention there are countless stories of pro athletes just getting away with anything simply because they are rich and famous. After reading more of the thread I think I need to see the video. Let me just say though, I am not defending cops, I have had my fair share of run ins with crooked, arrogant cops. In fact I have only had one good run in with a cop. I was just saying that there could be another side of the story. But like I said I think if I see the video I will want to drop kick the cop as well.

Curb
04-02-2009, 09:08 PM
well originally I was thinking, Yeah he probably should have let him go, BUT Im sure they hear all kinds of excuses from people trying to get out of tickets, not to mention there are countless stories of pro athletes just getting away with anything simply because they are rich and famous. After reading more of the thread I think I need to see the video. Let me just say though, I am not defending cops, I have had my fair share of run ins with crooked, arrogant cops. In fact I have only had one good run in with a cop. I was just saying that there could be another side of the story. But like I said I think if I see the video I will want to drop kick the cop as well.
You will. First off they pulled over when they got to the ER...second, his wife was running into the ER as Moats was explaining that his MIL was dying...third, a nurse came out on two different occasions telling the officer that she was coding and fourth, another cop explained to this one that she was dying, his response was...I'm almost finished!

This guy has no business being in law enforcement...EVER!!!