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Cop in Moats Case Resigns

Published April 2, 2009

The police officer who pulled out his gun and threatened Houston Texans running back Ryan Moats as he tried to get the bedside of his dying mother-in-law resigned Wednesday.

Dallas Police Officer Robert Powell had been placed on paid administrative leave after stopping Moats' SUV outside Baylor Regional Medical Center on March 18. The athlete, who was driving his wife, Tamishia, and other relatives to the hospital, had rolled through a red light.

"I made this decision in the hope that my resignation will allow the Dallas Police Department, my fellow officers and the citizens of Dallas to better reflect on this experience, learn from the mistakes made, and move forward," Powell said in a statement issued through his attorneys.

Powell was captured on his dashboard camera badgering Moats, who pleaded for several minutes to be allowed inside the hospital for the final moments of 45-year-old Jonetta Collinsworth's life. She died from cancer before Moats got there, while Powell wrote the player a ticket and lectured him.

"I can screw you over," Powell, 25, can be heard saying on the video. "I'd rather not do that. Your attitude will dictate everything that happens."

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

Tamishia Moats and another woman can be seen on the video challenging Powell's order to get back inside their car, and they rushed into the hospital.

"Excuse me, my mom is dying," Tamishia Moats said before going into the hospital. "Do you understand?" She was by her mother’s side when she died shortly afterward.

Written by BET.com Staff

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