Houston Texans

Embattled Dallas Police Officer Resigns

HOUSTON - DECEMBER 01:  Ryan Moats #21 of the Houston Texans during play against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Reliant Stadium on December 1, 2008 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Bleacher ReportAnalyst IApril 1, 2009

The embattled police officer who harassed Houston Texans running back Ryan Moats and his wife outside of a Dallas hospital has resigned.

Robert Powell, who pulled a gun on and detained Moats while his mother in law was dying, apologized to the department as well as Moats who accepted the apology.

According to video from a dashboard camera inside the officer's vehicle, the wife of Moats, Tamishia Moats and another woman disregarded Powell's order to get back inside their vehicle, and they rushed into the hospital. Powell yelled at Tamishia Moats to stay in the SUV.

"Excuse me, my mom is dying," Tamishia Moats said before going into the hospital. "Do you understand?"

The Moats' crime? Running a red light.

Powell had been placed on leave but resigned according to the Associated Press. "I still hope to speak with the Moats family to personally express my deep regret, sympathy, and to apologize for my poor judgment and unprofessional conduct," Powell said in the statement.

Joshua Joffrion writes a blog called Eyes On The NFL, it can be found at http://www.eyesonthenfl.blogspot.com.

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