Thursday, March 26, 2009

And this is how I would get shot....

I don't know if any of you have heard this, but it was the talk of the office today. Ryan Moats, a Texas NFL player, was stopped by a police officer in the parking lot of a Plano, Texas, hospital. He floated a red light and a stop sign, but had a legitimate cause. His mother-in-law was in the hospital and had only minutes to live.

The cop proceeded to argue with Moats and delay him from seeing his mother-in-law. He even threatened to screw his life up. Talk about the nerve?

Here's an excerpt from the conversation:

“Get in there!” the cop yelled. “Let me see your hands!”
“My mom is dying,” she explained to him.
Powell was undeterred.
“I saw in his eyes that he really did not care,” Tamishia Moats said. “Honestly, I don’t think I cared that he had a gun pointed at me. My train of thought is that I’m going to see my mom in the hospital before she dies.”
Tamishia Moats and her great-aunt ignored the officer and headed into the hospital. “I put my hands on the car so he couldn’t say I reached for something,” Ryan said. “He didn’t ask me to put my hands on the car. I just did it to try to protect myself. I was pleading with him.”
He tried to explain the situation to the officer.
“I waited until no traffic was coming,” Moats told the cop, explaining his passage through the red light. “I got seconds before she’s gone, man.”
The cop demanded his license and proof of insurance. Moats produced his license but said he didn’t know where the insurance paperwork was.
“Just give me a ticket or whatever,” he said, beginning to sound exasperated and a little argumentative.
“Shut your mouth,” the cop told him. “You can cooperate and settle down, or I can just take you to jail for running a red light.”
There was more back and forth.
“If you’re going to give me a ticket, give me a ticket.”
“Your attitude says that you need one.”
“All I’m asking you is just to hurry up.”
The cop began a lecture.
“If you want to keep this going, I’ll just put you in handcuffs,” the cop said, “and I’ll take you to jail for running a red light.”

Apparently the cop drew a gun on them and pointed at them. Keep in mind this is only part of the conversation. The sad thing is the woman died while Moats was being held hostage by the cop.

Like the title says, if it were me I would have gotten shot. I would have taken off running and my the cop follow me. I mean honestly, why would a criminal pull into an ER parking lot?

Here is the video:


Allison said...

OMG. I hadn't seen this, because I guess I don't watch CNN as much as I check twitter (where I linked to your post), but WOW this is horrifying. It really made my skin crawl. I hate that bureaucratic laws and power trips prevented him from being there for a moment that is so beyond this world. I have no clue what I would've done, what a bad situation.

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Melissa said...

I would have taken to bullet as well, dealt with the legal ramifications later. How sad.
I wonder if anything will be done to the cop?

Trixie said...

The cop is basically a desk cop from now on and was put in another county. I also heard that he was put on paid suspension for the time being. Oh and the ticket was dismissed...imagine that.

Lil' Woman said...

I totally agree, I would have got shot before I would miss my mother or mother in law dying..that is BS, I would have let him chase me thru the hospital before I would have stopped..Talk about making a horrible moment even worse.

a H.I.T. said...

I haven't seen this. That is terrible. Sounds to me like we have a case of a racist cop using his authority to make the victims squirm while he was on a power high. What a jerk.

R.C. said...

What the hell is wrong with people?!?!? Ugh! It makes me absolutely sick to see things like that! I can't believe that that cops pettyness cost that man saying goodbye to his mother in law. I would have seriously felt like ringing the officers neck if that happened to me. I would never forgive him for me missing my chance. Truly disgusting :(

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