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Decades ago, my father took care of the father of a famous race car driver. At some point during the care, my dad and the rest of the team called the race car driver to let him know that there wasn't much time left and that he should get to his father's bedside soon. The race car driver lived a ways away from the hospital, but he was able to get there in a matter of minutes--many fewer minutes than it usually took to get from that part of town to the hospital. I suspect some traffic laws were, er, reinterpreted.

Today, the Dallas police department issued an apology to Houston Texan's running back Ryan Moats.

Moats, like the race car driver, had gotten a call from the hosptial: his mother-in-law was dying and there wasn't much time left. Moats and his wife piled into their car and raced to the hospital; they turned their hazard lights on. They hit a red light and stopped. The light took forever, and so Moats made sure that there was no traffic coming from either side, and ran the light.

I watched the rest of this in the raw footage of the stop from the dash-mounted camera on on of Dallas's TV stations' websites. A police officer, Robert Powell, saw Moats run the light, and he chased the car for a minute into the hospital parking lot. The cop yelled at Moats's wife and told her to get back in the car (she says he pointed her gun at him, but you can't see it from the on-dash camera one way or the other). Fortunately, she ignored him and ran into the hosptial so she could be with her mom while she died. Moats was left to explain the situation to the cop, but he'd have none of it. The cop quibbles with needing the insurance form, and threatens to tow the car. Moats finds the insurance information, trying to explain over and over again what's going on. The cop asks Moats what his problem is, and Moats says "My mother-in-law is dying." The cop threatens to send Moats to jail if he doesn't calm down.

Another cop comes up and tries to calm down the situation, and Moats is (in my opinion) ridiculously patient while he's trying to explain everything. He asks the cop to go ahead and hurry up and write the ticket. The cop loved the phrase "shut your mouth and listen" and says it over and over again, but he never ever listened to Moats. The cop again and again threatens to arrest Moats, saying "I could screw you over." The cop threatens to charge him with fleeing. He spends minutes and minutes telling the man how much power he has.

It's all off camera, but I assume the cop's dick is out and he's stroking it to show how fucking big he thinks it is.

A hosptial official comes out to explain that they need Moats inside. And of course, the cops dally even more, discussing the situation. Presumably, they're confirming what they're hearing. More hospital officials come out saying that the mom is dying right now and ask if they can hurry the fuck up. Cop says "I'm almost done." Cop comes out to give the ticket.

And then the fucking cop says, "Attitude is everything. All you had to do was stop, tell me what was going on, and more likely I would have let you go." A nurse interrupts his lecture to say there's no fucking time for this. Cop turns to Moats and says, "Remember attitude?" Moats tries to say something in his defense, and the cop interrupts him to explain the details of a ticket that Moats could give a flying fuck about.

Moat's mother-in-law dies before he can ever get to the room.

It took 13 minutes for officer Powell to write the ticket.

Ryan Moats and his wife are black. Robert Powell is white.

I do give the city of Dallas a bit of credit in that they were quick to apologize, quick to throw the cop into administrative leave pending investigation. They didn't pull the bullshit that happened in Bellaire where the city stuck with the cops when they shot a kid in his own front yard for doing nothing more than coming home.

Not once does Moats in the video play the "do you know who I am" card. He's to busy worrying about getting out of there as quickly as possible to try to use anything other than the facts to help his case. And I wholeheartedly believe had Moats not been a member of the National Football League, this whole thing would have never come to light.


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Mar. 27th, 2009 07:30 pm (UTC)
I *KNOW* there are good cops - but bullshit like this makes it really hard to remember that sometimes. I hope they fire his worthless ass!
Mar. 27th, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
Jesus, that is just awful. What a horrible thing for that douchebag to do.
Mar. 27th, 2009 07:44 pm (UTC)
I know, right? Someone races to a hospital, chances are pretty awesome that there's some sort of critical emergency going on.

One expects cops to understand that there's such thing as discretion, and a family racing into a hospital at full speed probably has very good and urgent reason for doing so.
Mar. 27th, 2009 07:46 pm (UTC)
Clearly he was just rushing to the hospital in order to rob it.

Just looking at the photo of the cop made me go, "Ah, yes. I know that type."
Mar. 27th, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
the whole thing is disgusting.

wouldn't you think "hey...this guy is actually going to a hospital!" he's not speeding to the cornerstore, speeding to a nightclub, speeding to a grocerystore...wtf? moats was so nice and relatively calm during the whole thing. i'm sure i would have been yelling and screaming and i would have entered the hospital with the cop hanging on to me in handcuffs. seriously.
Mar. 27th, 2009 07:46 pm (UTC)
I so want them to fire this idiot. There are good cops out there but this guy is real asshole!

And remember, there was the cop in Conroe this week, arrested for robbing the bank his second job was at...

Of course, the Dallas cop, if he was fired up in Dallas, would end up in Bellaire.

Good for Moats, he kept his head when the ass was being one, I would have been tempted to clock the guy.
Mar. 27th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
What a dick cop. I have to say though that when I got the call saying my grandmother was probably going to die soon I was glad I had the 911. I made it to the hospital... in due haste and was there to hold her hand.

I don't know if any cops were following me.

Mar. 27th, 2009 10:12 pm (UTC)
Appalling. There are no words adequate to describe what I think of that cop.
Mar. 27th, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
"Attitude is everything. All you had to do was stop, tell me what was going on, and more likely I would have let you go."

Oh really? He's telling him this in a HOSPITAL PARKING LOT, after he already detained him for a time, and after he'd threatened Moat, and he'd done these things even though it was already crystal clear that it was an emergency (see: hospital parking lot). He is a LIAR. The only way he MIGHT have let him go earlier is if Moats was white. What a prick.

Suddenly, I'm a bit ragey.
Mar. 29th, 2009 02:09 am (UTC)
Re: Also...
"Attitude is everything. All you had to do was stop, tell me what was going on, and more likely I would have let you go."

The privilege in that statement makes me want to throw things through a wall. It's not his skin tone that was the problem, you see, it was his tone. Oh, of course. It wasn't racism at all!

Mar. 27th, 2009 11:26 pm (UTC)
That just infuriates me. Powell sounds like a complete ass, and I hope the PD takes steps for disciplinary action (I'd vote for firing him, myself).

That's just...gah.
Mar. 28th, 2009 12:09 am (UTC)
was the cop short for his quota for march? the more i watch this, the angrier i get.
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