Douche bag Dallas Police Officer Robert Powell has apologized over the Ryan Moats affair, despite previously telling police investigators that he had done nothing wrong.
NFL player Ryan Moats and his family were prevented from seeing Moats mother-in-law as she died in hospital by Powell after Moats ran a red light. Powell among other things drew a gun on the family, and purposely prevented Moats from entering the hospital despite the situation being explained. The mother-in-law died during this time, and the whole thing was caught on tape.
Powell said in a statement:
“I wish to publicly and sincerely apologize to the Moats family, my colleagues in the Dallas Police Department, and to all those who have been rightfully angered by my actions on March 18, 2009. After stopping Mr. Moats’ vehicle, I showed poor judgment and insensitivity to Mr. Moats and his family by my words and actions. With great remorse I accept my responsibility for adding to their grief in an already difficult time.”
It turns out though that Powell wasn’t just having a bad day. NFL player Zach Thomas has come forward saying that Powell once jailed his wife Maritza Thomas for three hours after issuing her five tickets for an illegal U-turn. Four of the citations, which included an incorrect address on her drivers license and a missing a registration sticker were later waived in court.
Thomas said in a statement that “This in no way compares to what happened to Ryan Moats and his family…But we wanted to tell our story, not knowing how many others have been affected by Officer Powell. We know the vast majority of the Dallas police force are good and professional people, but this guy just seems excessive.”
“This situation never should have happened,” said Maritza Thomas’ attorney, Brody Shanklin. “Unless extraordinary circumstances exist, no person should be arrested for a Class C citation. In this case, it was an example of Officer Powell being overzealous and exerting his authority in a manner that he never should have.”
Thomas’ wife is Hispanic.
(in part via Dallas News)