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News: NFL Player Prevented From Seeing His Dying Mother Due To Racist Cop?

Houston Texans running back Ryan Moats was held up--right outside the hospital doors--by Dallas police officer Robert Powell. Ryan was rushing his wife and two of her family members to a hospital, where his mother-in-law lay dying. They even told the cop what was going on and he did not care.  She died while Moats and his wife's grandfather waited outside the hospital for the officer to issue a ticket. Check out the unedited police car dashboard video here.  People are in an outrage with how completely disrespectful and ridiculous this officer was being--esp. because he was only pulling him over for not completely stopping at a stop sign. When you have just seconds to see your dying mother, making a COMPLETE stop a stop sign when no one else is around is not your first thought.  The officer said his dying mother was not an excuse to come to a complete stop.  And he screamed and ordered the wife to get back in the car when she hopped out of it to run in the hospital--before she even knew they were being pulled over. The Dallas police chief has "apologized" and suspended the cop with pay.  He says it was a completely uncompassionate act and embarrasing.  Others are saying it's much more than that.  It's simply a reflection of the racism amongst the cops that  is still alive and well in Texas.  This is a mess.
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its a good thing he didn't

its a good thing he didn't stop because his wife wouldn't have been able to even see her mother die after all the damn time that fucker wasted.
disgusted's picture

Stupid a$$ cop this man has

Stupid a$$ cop this man has enough money to pay that ticket, and buy and sell your stupid a$$!!!!!!!!!I'm toooo pissed over this mess!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dilema101's picture

Who in the heck does this cop

Who in the heck does this cop think he is? The man had his hazzards on, and explained to this crazy racist a$$ cop.Why is he on paid leave?This is just too crazy...
Dilema101's picture

First and foremost...My

First and foremost...My thoughts and prayers go out to the Family! It shouldn't have taken the 'officer' that long to issue the ticket. After being told the reason for the why Mr. Moats went through the red light he could've escorted Mr. Moats in to the hospital and issued the ticket at a later time. But in order for him to do that he would've had a heart, which enables you to have some compassion. Additionally, this 'officer' is clearly a liar and will say anything to cover his a$$. On the tape he said he thought he only had is right signal on. I don't know about anyone else but I clearly saw that the hazard lights were on. The other lie that he tells is about the 'chase' he was involved in in Jan. On the tape he says that he 'worded it that I was in fear of my life'. Its clear by the way he discusses the incident that he wasn't. He needs to be on unpaid leave and then fired. I'm not sure what legal rights the family have. But they should pursue those rights if they see fit.
D's picture

I live in Houston, TX and the

I live in Houston, TX and the people here are outraged.. Unfortunately, here we see this type of treatment all the time. I'm not saying that they are racists necessarily but they think they're above everyone else and I hope this bitch ass cop get whats coming to him..
KOKO's picture

I read an article awhile back

I read an article awhile back about a white cop doing the same thing to a white lady who was trying to see her dying father. Not saying that the present cop in question is not racisit, but to me it looked me like this dumb azz was just trying to flex some muscles. He kept saying its all about attitude?? Come on dude. People are not in their right mind when a family member is dying! And he wasnt even rude to the cop. He was just trying to explain that his mother-in-law was dying, thus the reason they ran the stop light. This cop should be fired ASAP. I feel for that family, it's ashame. This is a perfect example of cops abusing their powers of the law. I'm sure if this goes to court, nothing will happen, as usual.
Keristen's picture

As a resident of Dallas I

As a resident of Dallas I must say the only reason why this is getting any attention is because it was caught on video...things like this happen to black people all day everyday and Texas has always been and probably always will be a racist state. Obama didn't win Texas over McCain did and there are a lot of hot headed red necks all over Texas and this police is one of them, they didn't want Obama to win and they're taking it out on black people whether you voted for him or not!
Tink's picture

i hate reading things like

i hate reading things like this...it just gets me so angry and so frustrated..All I can say without ranting and raving is that my blessings go out to the family and I hope that this matter is adequately resolved.
Miss. Tiandez Jones's picture

I'M ORIGNALLY FROM N.O. BUT I

I'M ORIGNALLY FROM N.O. BUT I NOW RESIDE IN DALLAS. I CAN HONESTLY SAY THAT RACISM IS ALIVE IN DALLAS & NOT JUST IN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT........IT'S AN EVERYDAY THING HERE.
GIA's picture

why does everything always

why does everything always have to be about racism .. ybf, sometimes i feel like yall set us back .. but i've always held the fact that yall were actin like the black man who has become a front face in the republican party is an uncle tom in the back of my mind .. so idk .. really tho, the guy could have just been an asshole .. or he could have been racist .. who knows, but i'm really getting sick of the word racism being thrown around either way .. what this guy did was really uncalled for and i'm saddened at the situation...it's unfortunate that heartless people like this exist in the world; racist or not..
a's picture

AND THEN THEY TRY TO JUSTIFY

AND THEN THEY TRY TO JUSTIFY THE SITUATION...MF REDNECK ASS CRACKERS OOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHH YOU MOFOs
The One's picture

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The One's picture

This is very upsetting. I

This is very upsetting. I live in Maryland. The particular county I live in (Calvert) is fairly small and there isn't much crime. But, we have like a million county cops. We have like 1 homicide a year. So the cops don't really have anything else to do but fuck with people over petty stuff...like window tint. The cops here a racist. Point blank. My boyfriend and I were sitting in a parking lot one night talking in his car. This cop comes along and gets "suspicious". I don't know what he thought we were doing. Probably having sex or something. He called for back up. The other cop that came was actually a guy I graduated from high school with. And to tell you the truth, I lost some respect for him. They actually called for a K9 unit as well to come search his car for drugs. They didn't even ask to search the car. I don't know what the purpose was because it wasn't like they could smell weed or anything. That whole deal was some bullshit. Last night my bf got pulled over right in front of his house. And it was the same cop that I graduated with. They don't have shit else to do but fuck with people. I think they thought he was a drug dealer or something b/c he has dreds. He said they called a K9 unit again. And of course, they found nothing. Racism man...still alive and well I see. The Dallas situation is a prime example of why people don't respect cops these days. They're forever acting like they're above the law and shit. I think they should get rid of that whole "assaulting a police officer" charge. As far as I'm concerned they can get it too.
Brittney's picture

After watchin this video that

After watchin this video that police officer IS A BASTARD FOR WHAT HE DID!!!!!!!!!! SO HEARTLESS, NO COMPASSION, MAN PPPL DESE DAYS R COLD - HEARTED MONSTERS WITH NO HEART. GOD HAVE MERCY PON OUR SOULS CUZ I JUS CAN'T UNDERSTAND.
Vene's picture

The video is damning evidence

The video is damning evidence and clearly the folks at the Dallas Police Dept. know a law suit is pending. As well it should be, because in a life or death situation such as this one...Officer Powell should've checked his ego @ the door. This story is heart breaking because death is difficult enough to deal with but to have it associated with this type of an incident is just unforgivable.
Mocha1's picture

Just viewed the tape of this

Just viewed the tape of this tragic incident today. The officer was totally power trippin'. So intent was he on proving his authority that he failed to take in what was really happening...right there in real time. Although he had Ryan's wife, his wife's father, his wife's aunt and an RN came out of the hospital telling him exactly what Ryan was saying. He heard nothing. When feeding your EGO becomes more important than anything else, you're already out of control because the only thing that matters to you is proving that you're Superior. And they gave this POS a LOADED WEAPON.
Mocha1's picture

I jus wanted to say i lost my

I jus wanted to say i lost my mother las year i sed bye to her the day before she died but unfotunately da nex day we were on our way the hospital and we found out rite in the parking lot that she died it jus broke all of our hearts jus reading dis post makes me sympathize with them they didn't get a chance to say goodbye Even if karma comes bak, even tho he'z fired, it jus won't take away da pain. They will always remember what has happened!!!!!!!! I jus pray that somehow they can make it thru this tuff time, cuz itz gonna b a long road!!! God Bless this family
Vene's picture

This video pissed me off to

This video pissed me off to no end. I AM SO FURIOUS. Not only was this cop racist but he was also on a power trip. I was in a similar situation myself only a girl was racing to take her mother to the hospital & she actually clipped my car & kept going to the hospital. I followed her there & was ready to strangle her but when she explained that her mother was extremely ill & I actually saw her mother spitting up blood like any CARING human being, I told her that it was okay. That being said, this cop is disgusting and had no sympathy. After the nurses came out & told him that the mother in law was in CODE BLUE and he needed to authorize treatment, the power tripping cop should've told him that he would leave the ticket on the dash to allow the man to be with his wife while her mother died. The cop's only concern was putting that big black dude in his place. When he told Ryan that he could make his night miserable, Ryan should've said you are too late because I am going to have to console my wife because her mother is dead. I applaud Ryan for never once saying that he was an NFL player. He was the bigger man. I hope that this police officer is fired soon & if he's not, God don't like ugly.
Detroit Hummingbirdee's picture

heart wrenching.. i almost

heart wrenching.. i almost cried then got mad..
L'Foxx's picture

What a asshole!

What a asshole!
NikaFashionista's picture

The racism is not only a

The racism is not only a Texas thing, but a South Carolina thing also. A few months ago a State Trooper was investigated and charge with a civil rights violation for hitting a suspect with a vehicle while the guy ran through an apartment complex, and he said I meant to hit that N*&&^ on camera. He was fired, but I believe he got off on the civil rights violation case. I think when these cops obviously overstep they should be charged as a suspect.
Shamrock's picture

I remember my lil brother {6

I remember my lil brother {6 yrs old} had a toboggan accident where he slid head first into a tree, I have never drove so fast in my life, I was thinking let them {police} catch me let them give tickets hopefully they will see the ambulance and URGENCE of the situation. I feel for their family at this sad time.
NOW U KNOW!'s picture

Watching that vid jus pissed

Watching that vid jus pissed me da hell off. I'd sue. Even if I wasn't gonna get much. Juss 2 make the cops life hell
Fierce's picture

I wish to this officer a lot

I wish to this officer a lot a bad things, a lot of suffering and when he'll get what he did to that family hope he's gonna get alright!
the curse's picture

Totally insensitive...

Totally insensitive...
CHOC.'s picture

My heart aches for them.

My heart aches for them. why? how can this ever be rectified??????????????? For the Moats it cannot. BUT here's what we can do. ppl we need to come together, everyone, not just the YBF crew but every nationality, and this does not exclude "white" folks, if you want to see change then start with YOURSELF. We gotta stop this racial bullshit one person at a time, and it starts with us, if you deny this then you contribute to the problem. I know some of you aren't feelin what i have to say, but, it's start to taking some ACTION as opposed to simply sharing your thoughts on this thread and movin on to the next story.
ihaveaDream's picture

All i Can Do is SHake my Head

All i Can Do is SHake my Head in disgust... i wud Spit on that Copp...and then deal with the consequences after
AFTERNOON YBF!!!!!'s picture

I worked as a nurse in Dallas

I worked as a nurse in Dallas for two years and hated every minute of it. The people there are unbelievable. I told my husband that I never even wanted to have kids while we lived there it was so bad. I had a friend whose daughter was born handicapped tell me that the doctor who delivered her said it (her disability) was because she had "too many" different races in her, meaning because she is biracial that's the kind of thing that happens. I told my husband if he did not get me the hell out of that place I was moving with or without him. Thank God his job transferred him.
Monica's picture

Ryan should have tackled his

Ryan should have tackled his ass!
T's picture

im still trying to understand

im still trying to understand why people get suspended with pay. that defeating the purpose of being reprimanded. this is another reason why some people dont respect cops. some of them talk to she/he with no respect. that cop need his azz kick, and im pretty sure his parents are very proud of his behavior. FREAKING IDIOT.
Nunya's picture

This is BEYOND words....I'm

This is BEYOND words....I'm speechless! My regards to the Moats Family.
SPICY's picture

This is just such a sad

This is just such a sad story, let me leave before I start crying.
Brittany's picture

I can't even express how

I can't even express how angry that video made me... Please do not get me started on Cops...
The Realness's picture

I happen to live in a small

I happen to live in a small town in east texas and this ish is no surprise to me. happens all the time; however that officer had no respect for the dying lady; it does not take that long to issue a ticket; he needs to be fired; may the lady rest in peace next comment excuse me ms divine are you making excuses for the cop? the guys mother in law was DYING
mshr45's picture

Smileyface... Bless your

Smileyface... Bless your little heart....
TK's picture

I happen to live in a small

I happen to live in a small town in east texas and this ish is no surprise to me. happens all the time; however that officer had no respect for the dying lady; it does not take that long to issue a ticket; he needs to be fired; may the lady rest in peace
mshr45's picture

what pissed me off was that

what pissed me off was that even at the end the officer was still taking his time trying to lecture Ryan. So sad please pray for their family in this time
uniqueone1562's picture

Being suspended with pay is

Being suspended with pay is not enough. That’s like being a child and being punished and your mothers sends you to your room to eat your desert.
Ant's picture

Um that pick that u have up

Um that pick that u have up is not of Ryan Moats. That's Jerome McDougle. He used to play for the Philadelphia Eagles.
J.Anthony's picture

Just let the war begin. Sick

Just let the war begin. Sick of cops...
Lacey's picture

i don't know if this my post

i don't know if this my post Obama mindstate talking right now or what but i don't believe that race played a factor in this, i think this guy was having a really big power trip. i feel horrible for the moats family. but what really gets me is that this guy thought he could get away with what he did. like the police officers are aware that there are cameras on their dashboard right? right?!! someone please let me know. so i don't understand why they continue to do crazy things like this and think that there won't be any repercussions. God Bless the Moats and this poor poor imbecile b/c you best believe he's getting fired. after reading this article i googled his name and this story and there is national outrage about this, he is now officially the new "Madoff" and everybody is saying "off with his head". thanks for posting this natasha ( and i'm happy the comment section is back to how it used to be, i hated having to click to go to the next page to see the rest of the comments in a post)
ABSOLUTELY DUMBFOUNDED's picture

I heard about this incident

I heard about this incident this morning. I'm just mad it took him too long and he sitting in the car just talking like the lady not upstairs dying! I'm SO MAD!
Missthang2U's picture

KARMAS GONNA KICK THAT COPS

KARMAS GONNA KICK THAT COPS ASS
Alana's picture

I F*CKING HATE PIGS!!!!!!!

I F*CKING HATE PIGS!!!!!!! THE ONLY GOOD COP IS A DEAD COP!!!!!!! I'M SOOOOOOOOO MAD RIGHT NOW! THINK ABOUT IT THE ONLY PEOPLE THAT ARE COPS ARE THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE NEVER BEEN SHIT IN LIFE!!! ITS ALWAYS THE LAME LIL BOY IN SCHOOL THAT EVERYBODY PICKED ON! SO THEY SPEND THEIR CAREERS F*CKING WITH PEOPLE!
Powder Princess's picture

The picture you are using is

The picture you are using is of Jerome McDougal NOT Ryan Moat's whom the story is about.
dm's picture

That goes to show you, how

That goes to show you, how some people are just down right wicked and has no passion or sympathy for others. What ever happened to showing an ounce of compassion and mercy, I don't care how rasict you are, even enemies show compassion to one another. I guess it goes to show you racism still is in full effect and exist, I bet you he probably Cheers for him on the field and congratulate him when the teams wins but as soon as he off the field he just another (INSERT N WORD). Such a shame, I believe in karma and what goes around will come around, trust me! For the people on here who said "he broke the law" yeah, he did but most officers black or white would have probably let him go in the hospital and gave him a ticket afterwards. If it was good old boy Tony Romo, he probably follow him inside
Binky's picture

I cant fucking believe this

I cant fucking believe this shit!! I would knocked that asshole the fuck out! thats some straight bullshit! I dnt give a fuckif he shouldn't have have run the red light , the woman was dying, i dnt see why he couldn't have left the ticket on the car....15 fucking mins of his tym wasted while his mother in law was in there dying,son of a fucking bitch
Fuckinpissed's picture

Well I live in NJ and this

Well I live in NJ and this thing has happened to my family and witness it personally with my son. This needs to come out more often, police officer live above the law and I seriously can not stomach them. My son was test driving a stick and wasn't sure how to do it well, we live in a small town and everyone knows everyone, prick cops and all, and this prick cop pullled my son over, said he had a cloud of smoke coming from the car (mind you we were watching him drive the car) made him stay for hours until a dog came to sniff the car, took him to the hospital for a drug test, of course everything came back clean, after lawyer fees for the crazy tickets he wrote and fees, we wound up spending over 2K. I can't stand cops.
Cilla's picture

This article is sad but the

This article is sad but the pic posted is of the wrong football player. The pic posted is of one of my high school classmated Jerome Mcdougal whose family is doing well. FYI
D's picture

i bet if it was tony romo

i bet if it was tony romo going to the hospital to see mama simpson he would have gotten a police escort to the hospital. thats a shame and he needs to be FIRED!!!!
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