UPDATE: MyFOX Houston found the dashcam footage from the incident. It’s after the jump.
Texans running back Ryan Moats was obstructed from entering a Plano-area hospital last week after Plano police pulled him over in the ER parking lot for running a red light. When Moats attempted to explain that he, his wife, and another woman were there to see Moats’ dying mother-in-law, Officer Robert Powell of the Dallas Police Department refused to let him do so. From WFAA:
Dashcam video from the Dallas officer’s patrol car captured the incident.
“Get in there,” Officer Powell yelled out to Tamishia Moats, Ryan’s wife, as she exited the car. “Let me see your hands. Get in there. Put your hands on the car.”
“Excuse me, my mom is dying,” Moats said.
Moats and the other woman ignored Officer Powell’s commands and rushed inside the hospital to see her mother.
Even after pleas from nurses at the hospital and another police officer, Officer Powell would not relent.
“I’ve got seconds before she’s gone, man,” Moats said to the officer.
“Shut your mouth,” the officer said. “Shut your mouth. You can either settle down and cooperate or I can just take you to jail for running a red light.”
The clash shocked Moats.
“For him to not even be sympathetic at all, and basically we’re dogs or something and we don’t matter, it basically shocked me,” Moats said.
“I can screw you over,” Officer Powell said. “I would rather not do that. You obviously will dictate everything that happens; and right now, your attitude sucks.”
By the time Moats was allowed into the ER, his mother-in-law, Jonetta Collinsworth, had already passed away. The Dallas police launched an investigation and Officer Powell has been assigned to the dispatch division pending that investigation.
Fortunately, Dashcam trumped DWB in this instance. It’s just sad that you can’t even run a red light near hospitals any more. When you think about it, that’s really the best place to do it.