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Wanna see a bona fide racist cop?

Posted on: March 26, 2009 5:18 pm

Look no further than Robert Powell of the Dallas Police force.

I can't write it better than did the Dallas Morning News, at

But here's the gist: Texans RB Ryan Moats (along with his wife and other family members) risklessly rolled through a red light en route to a hospital to catch Moats' mother-in-law before she died of breast cancer.  Robert Powell pulled Moats over outside the hospital's emergency entrance.  Here are some nice tidbits of what followed in a disgusting (and clearly racist) and unecessarily excessive excercise of wannabe police power:

-Powell kept a gun pointed at Moats after his wife ran into the hospital to see her dying mother (and after the situation had been explained to Powell);

-Powell said things like, “Understand what I can do...I can tow your truck. I can charge you with fleeing. I can make your night very difficult.”

-After hospital security came out to tell Powell Moats' mother-in-law actually was dying inside, Powell spent several minutes in his car searching for outstanding warrants on Moats and slowly writing at least one ticket.  (When another police officer, out of Plano Texas, even told Powell Moats' mother-in-law was dying right then, he replied, "I'm almost done.")

The warrant search is the kicker for me.  I hate the race card, but even I found the racism obvious in this instance.  Anyway, this guy should not be a cop.  The Asst. Police Chief said it best: “When people are in distress, we should come to the rescue...We shouldn’t further their distress.”

Oh, by the way, the mother-in-law died before Moats could get to her hospital room.

Just thought it was worth mentioning, since CBS has not covered it.

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Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: April 1, 2009 11:09 am

Wanna see a bona fide racist cop?

Staubach, just one reply to your post: YIKES.

As I said originally, I can't believe this guy remains on the force.  I saw his picture in Newsweek this morning, and you can almost see the racism in his overempowered grin.

And Rhynn, it might not be as easy as it seems.  These cases demand damages.  The problem with Moats' wife's possible lawsuit is that she was barely obstructed from running to her mother's side, so she only lost a couple of moments because of this guy -- not really actionable damages.  The problem with Moats' possible suit is proving that he actually lost something significant (e.g. that he had a significant and meaningful relationship with his mother-in-law).

It could end up being sort of a punchline case -- how does a man prove his love for his mother-in-law?  I know I'd have a difficult time; my relationship with my future mother-in-law (I'm engaged) is cordial at best. 

So damages would be difficult to prove in both cases.  Even so, the suits could conceivably go through merely because of the egregious denial of civil liberties by this "officer". 

But what would the court's remedy be?

Since: Jan 18, 2009
Posted on: March 31, 2009 10:03 pm

Wanna see a bona fide racist cop?

YOu forgot to mention the best part of the story about this cop (if that is what you want to call him). Last year when Dallas acquired Zach Thomas, Zach's wife and her mother were out shopping at a mall. She made an illigle U-Turn, and this same cop pulled her over. He then went to the extent of handcuffing her and throwing her into the back of the squad car, then got her car towed.....all because her mother does not speak ENGLISH, and tried to explain to him they live not even 3 minutes from there and could get all the paperwork out of the moving boxes. He refused, and so the story goes on...... 

Since: May 9, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2009 9:47 pm

Wanna see a bona fide racist cop?

Hopefully he does persue some kind of legal recourse for this incident. I'm not normally a fan of people being sued and having law suits thrown at them, but a lot of times it is needed, and I think this is one of those times. His own police cruiser cam recorded the entire thing, I'm sure the hospital had some security cameras that caught it, and there are credible witnesses.. I mean when a nurse comes out and says she's dying, that means she's dying. It would be an open a shut case in my opinion, if it were to be persued.



Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: March 31, 2009 2:52 pm

Wanna see a bona fide racist cop?


The article was a little inconsistent as to department punishment.  It said he was suspended with pay, but then it said he was on paid administrative leave -- either way, he's getting paid, which is unacceptable.

Legally, the only way to get to police officers, who are otherwise protected by sovereign immunity, is to prove violation of a constitutional right.  Here, it seems there was a violation of the 4th Amendment, which covers excessive force in making stops/arrests.  (I'd think brandishing a gun in this situation would be deemed excessive.)

If Moats goes forward legally and gets a jury trial, assuming the merits of the case are provable, it is scary to think of the price tag a jury might place on being able to spend a few more moments with one's mother (as applicable to Moats' wife) or mother-in-law (assuming Moats and she actually had a good relationship).

We'll see...

Since: May 9, 2008
Posted on: March 31, 2009 1:37 am

Wanna see a bona fide racist cop?

I heard about this from a friend, and I thought he was just making stuff up. But after looking into it, it was sadly true. I hate to think that racism can really exist with it being the year 2009, but things like this constantly happen.

I'm wondering what kind of legal action, if any, is being taken against this officer. I haven't seen or heard anything yet, but knowing the way the legal system protects police, the officer will probably get suspended with pay for this incident.



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