Please view the following two videos. Once watching them, tell me who you think made their mother more proud.
The officer's name is Robert Powell, and has been placed on paid administrative leave in connection with the incident, which happened last week. The man he stopped in Plano, Texas was Ryan Moats, who was driving his wife to the hospital to be with her dying mother during her last few minutes of life. Ryan Moats was stopped for running a red light. From the dash-cam recording, it seems that Mr. Moats didn't just tear through the light and throw caution entirely to the wind. It seems he treated it is a four way stop, checking for traffic before he ran the light.
Now, I can see why an officer may have some concern when he attempts to make a traffic stop, and is seemingly ignored, but when he ended up following the SUV into the hospital parking lot, don't you think the first thing he should have asked was, "Sir, is everything OK?" I would have thought something like that would have been in order. People running red lights on the way to the hospital would have at least made the thought that something was wrong with a passenger cross my mind.
From there it only gets better though. He is told numerous times that the driver's mother-in-law in inside the hospital dying. Watching this video I hear it said numerous times, at varying levels of desperation. Instead of realizing the importance of what was being told to him, Officer Robert Powell berated Mr. Moats, threatened him with arrest, and even pulled his gun.
It can clearly be heard in the video that Officer Powell said to Moats:
"I can screw you over. I’d rather not do that."
This whole endeavor took 13 minutes. Most of which ended up being Mr. Moats agreeing to everything the officer said, whether it was right or wrong, in hopes of getting the man to stop with the lecture, and let him get on his way. Officer Powell, even after being told by hospital security and a nurse that Mr. Moats mother-in-law really was inside currently dying, continued to lecture, and started to claim that if Mr. Moats had stopped and mentioned the reason for his hurry before that he would have let him off. I don't think the cost of the ticket was ever a concern to Mr. Moats. I don't think that Officer Powell would have been as understanding as he claims. After all, Mr. Moats told him what the hurry was, and it lead to a 13 minute lecture with not even a hint of compassion. Not a single word emulated anything resembling compassion, understanding, or any form of concern. He just kept lecturing.
Officer Powell ensured that Mr. Moats did not make it to the bedside on his dying mother-in-law in time. His mother-in-law passed before he could reach her side.
When questioned about his thoughts on this matter, Dallas Police chief David Kunkle said:
"His behavior in my opinion, did not exhibit the common sense, discretion, the compassion that we expect our officers to exhibit.
"When we in the command staff reviewed the tapes. we were embarrassed, disappointed --- it’s hard to find the right words and still be professional in my role as a police chief."
The chief also praised Moats and his family for how they handled Officer Powell's behavior.
"They exercised extraordinary patience, restraint, dealing with the behavior of our officer. At no time did Mr. Moats identify himself as an NFL football player or expect any kind of special consideration. He handled himself very, very well."
That's right! In a day and age where sports heroes, actors, rock stars, and politicians are all playing the popularity card to get out of trouble, Mr. Moats did nothing of the sort. Mr. Moats is a Houston Texans Running Back, but nothing of the sort was mentioned, or even so much as hinted at.
Officer Powell started to end his 13 minute lecture with this gem.
Sounds to me as if Officer Powell should be taking a few lessons for Mr. Moats. Talk about the perfect example of "practice what I preach and not what I do."
All of this said, I point you to my earlier question? Who's mother is more proud of her son tonight? Which son learned the lessons of humility, and patience, and which knows the importance of being humble? Which one exhibited better listening skills, and knows that sometimes it is best just to hold your tongue?
My condolences go out to Mr. Moats, and to his wife and their entire family.
H/T: SNAFU-ed .... Situation Normal