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Officer delayed player

March 27, 2009

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— A police officer was placed on administrative leave Thursday over a traffic stop involving an NFL player whom he kept in a hospital parking lot and threatened to arrest while his mother-in-law died inside the building.

Officer Robert Powell also drew his gun during the March 18 incident involving Houston Texans running back Ryan Moats in the Dallas suburb of Plano, police said.

When another officer came with word that Moats’ mother-in-law was indeed dying, Powell’s response was: “All right. I’m almost done.”

Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle apologized to the family and announced that Powell would be on paid leave pending an internal investigation.

Powell, 25, a three-year member of the force, stopped Moats’ SUV outside Baylor Regional Medical Center at Plano after Moats rolled through a red light.

The officer ordered Tamishia Moats, 27, to get back in the SUV, but after pausing for a few seconds, she and another woman rushed into the hospital. She was by the side of her mother, 45-year-old Jonetta Collinsworth, when she died a short time later from breast cancer.

Chiefs sign lineman Goff

Kansas City, Mo. — Veteran lineman Mike Goff has signed a free-agent deal with the Kansas City Chiefs. Terms of the contract announced Thursday were not disclosed. Goff has started 147 games during his 11-year career with the Cincinnati Bengals and San Diego Chargers, including the last 106 dating to October 2002. He’s played for the Chargers since 2004.

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jaywalker 5 years, 8 months ago

An absolutely sickening story. Read about this yesterday. I'm not one to throw in the race card often, but to me there seems to be no other rationale for this type of behavior. Even when guards came out to vouch for Moats' situation and inform the officer she was passing at that moment, his response was "I"m almost done." I'm a huge advocate for the police and fully understand the complexity of their jobs, the pressures, the day to day uncertainty of what's gonna happen with each individual they come in contact with--- but for this there is no excuse. Dependent on this man's record, at the very least he should be removed from the public. If he's shown to be a dedicated officer and this is an isolated incident, fine. Move him to a desk. If his record is shaky or mediocre, can him. From all that's been reported I doubt he keeps his job.

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