This story is outrageous. Several blogs, conservative and liberal, have been discussing racism over the past few weeks. Some bloggers believe it's over. After you read this story, please ask yourselves, would this have happened if the people involved had blond hair and blue eyes? Especially ask yourselves this after you learn that a nurse confirmed Moats' story and another officer tried to intervene on Moats behalf.
We are most definitely NOT a post-racial society.
Ryan Moats feared for wife's life during ordeal with Dallas officer
11:48 AM CDT on Monday, March 30, 2009
By DAN X. McGRAW / The Dallas Morning News
The pro running back who was detained by a Dallas officer as his mother-in-law was dying said he feared for his wife’s life during the ordeal.
"I was afraid for her because he was pointing a gun at her," Ryan Moats told ABC-TV's Good Morning America. The interview was broadcast locally this morning on WFAA-TV (Channel 8).
When Officer Robert Powell first pulled him over outside a Plano hospital, "I didn’t realize what was going on at the time," Moats said. "Once I got out, I realized it was pretty serious.
Despite Moats' pleas that he needed to get into the hospital because his wife's mother was dying of cancer, Powell detained him for 13 minutes, threatening him with arrest. The officer stopped Moats because his SUV rolled through a red light en route to the hospital.
The stop took place on March 17.
Moats, a graduate of Bishop Lynch High School, lives in Frisco. He plays for the Houston Texans of the National Football League.
Moats, his wife Tamishia and two other family members were headed to Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano when Powell pulled them over.
With his hazard lights on, Moats stopped at a red light near the hospital and then drove through it after the motorist with the right-of-way signaled for him to go ahead, he told police.
“I got there as safely as I could,” he said in the television interview. “I wasn’t reckless at all.”
Powell, watching traffic from a hidden spot, turned on his lights and sirens, caught up with Moats' vehicle and followed it into a hospital parking lot, just outside the emergency room.
There, the police officer - who has since been placed on leave - detained Moats, threatening and berating him.
Moats' mother-in-law died before he could get in to see her.