Cop Keeps NFL Player From Seeing Dying Relative

Published March 27, 2009

A Dallas officer stopped NFL player Ryan Moats and his wife as they were rushing to the hospital to be at the bedside of Moats’ dying mother-in-law reports The Dallas Morning News.

While the couple sped to the Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano, they ran a red light, prompting Officer Robert Powell to pull them over (See the footage). When Powell caught up with the family’s SUV outside of the hospital emergency room, they pleaded with the officer to let them go see Jonetta Collinsworth before she passed away from breast cancer.

When Moats’ wife, Tamishia, got out of the car, she says Powell was pointing a gun at her and yelled at her to get back in the vehicle.

“It was the weirdest feeling because I’ve never had a gun pointed at me before under those circumstances,” she told the paper. She explained to Powell that her mother was dying, ignored his request and went into the hospital with her great aunt, who was also in the vehicle.

Moats and Collinsworth’s father stayed behind. “You really want to go through this right now? My mother-in-law is dying. Right now!” Ryan Moats told the officer, trying to explain why he ran the light. “I waited until no traffic was coming,” he said, adding, “I got seconds before she’s gone, man.”

After Moats asked the officer to just give him a ticket, Powell told him, “Shut your mouth. You can cooperate and settle down, or I can just take you to jail for running a red light. If you want to keep this going, I’ll just put you in handcuffs. I can tow your truck. I can charge you with fleeing. I can make your night very difficult.”

“I understand,” Moats replied. “I hope you’ll be a great person and not do that.”

After spending several minutes running Moats’ license for outstanding warrants, of which he found none, another officer from Plano told Powell that the nurse wanted to know if Moats could see his mother-in-law before she died.

Powell replied that he was almost done.

When Moats and Collinsworth’s father finally went to the hospital room, they discovered that Collinsworth had already died.

Dallas police officials are expressing concern over the incident, which was captured by a dashboard video camera.

“There were some things that were said that were disturbing, to say the least,” said Lt. Andy Harvey. The Moats took it a step further and suggested Wednesday that race may have played a factor; the Moats are Black, Powell is White.

“I think he should lose his job,” Moats, who plays for the Houston Texans, told The Dallas Morning News. Powell has been re-assigned, pending an investigation.

 

 

Written by BET.com News Staff

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