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The Doosh Edition, Part Deux

Texans Colts FootballI know, I know – we’re all caught up with spring training and March Madness (I still hate UNC and Duke, by the way).

But this just incensed me.

::shakes tiny fist angrily::

Belichick and Reed had better watch out– there’s a new sheriff doosh in town, and his name is Robert Powell (from the Dallas Police Department).

On Tuesday, March 17 Houston Texans running back Ryan Moats was driving his wife and her great-aunt to the hospital in Plano, Texas. They had just received the call most children fear—his wife’s mother was dying, and if they wanted to say goodbye, they need to rush to the hospital immediately.

Yeah, it’s already that kind of sad tale, folks.

Moats stopped at a red light just in front of the hospital’s entrance. He looked both ways, and an oncoming car motioned for him to roll through the light, apparently recognizing that there was some urgency to Moats’ driving.

He then pulled into a parking spot next to the emergency room. His wife and great-aunt jumped out of the car…

…where they had a gun pulled on them by Officer Robert Powell of the Dallas Police Department, who was making a traffic stop based upon Moats’ choice to roll through the red light.

The dashboard camera from Powell’s cruiser shows that Moats’ wife plead with the officer, telling him her mother was just moments from passing away. She and her great-aunt ignored the officer and ran into the hospital.

The video also illustrates that while Moats was agitated, he was cooperative with the officer, asking him to write up a ticket quickly so that he could rush to his mother-in-law’s deathbed.

Here’s an excerpt from the Dallas Morning News’ write up on the incident:

“Just give me a ticket or whatever,” he said, beginning to sound exasperated and a little argumentative.

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.”

Powell began a lecture.

“If you want to keep this going, I’ll just put you in handcuffs,” the officer said, “and I’ll take you to jail for running a red light.”

Powell made several more points, including that the SUV was illegally parked. Moats replied “Yes sir” to each.

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

“I understand,” Moats responded. “I hope you’ll be a great person and not do that.”

Hospital security guards arrived and told Powell that the Moatses’ relative really was upstairs dying.

Powell spent several minutes inside his squad car, in part to check Moats for outstanding warrants. He found none.

Another hospital staffer came out and spoke with a Plano police officer who had arrived.

“Hey, that’s the nurse,” the Plano officer told Powell. “She said that the mom’s dying right now, and she’s wanting to know if they can get him up there before she dies.”

“All right,” Powell replied. “I’m almost done.”

As Moats signed the ticket, Powell continued his lecture.

“Attitude’s everything,” he said. “All you had to do is stop, tell me what was going on. More than likely, I would have let you go.”

It had been about 13 minutes.

genuine_dooshWhen Moats was finally allowed to go inside the hospital, his mother-in-law, who had been battling breast cancer, had already passed away.

I completely understand that Moats violated a traffic law. I also think, though, that the officer could have exercised some compassion and written the ticket without so much posturing – or even later, after Moats had been able to make his goodbyes and be there to support his grieving wife.

There’s a special place in detail for ego-tripping, authority-abusing dooshes, Officer Powell.

I guess attitude really is everything, eh?

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March 26, 2009 - Posted by | Girl with Eyeblack | , , , , ,

11 Comments »

  1. Sorry Cait, but he’s MUCH worse than a doosh. I live in DFW, and plan on asking some cop friends about this dickwad.

    Comment by AdmittedlyAddicted | March 26, 2009 | Reply

  2. That’s just mean. Seriously, this Doosh-Extraordinaire doesn’t have a soul. Boo. Hiss.

    Comment by Helen Skor | March 26, 2009 | Reply

  3. Dallas cops have SDS…”small dick syndrome”

    Comment by AdmittedlyAddicted | March 26, 2009 | Reply

  4. If we do a yearly Doosh round-up, he gets my vote.

    Comment by Lily the Pink | March 26, 2009 | Reply

  5. This is truly pathetic. Please let us know what the public backlash is!

    Comment by FirstTimer | March 26, 2009 | Reply

  6. He gets my vote too. What an dick bastard.

    Comment by Mae | March 26, 2009 | Reply

  7. That’s just horrible. Look, I know that people will say anything to get out of ticket and I’m sure that any officer gets used to discounting about 85% of what people say about why they really shouldn’t receive a ticket because of yadda, yadda, yadda.

    But at the point where the hospital worker came out to CONFIRM that a relative was moments away from dying and that these were their last seconds to say good-bye. AT THAT POINT, the fucker should have realized that it wasn’t a bunch of bullshit, apologized and offered to make sure that the car wasn’t towed.

    To say “Yeah I’m almost done” and then CONTINUE to waste Moat’s time with a lecture…that suggests a level of soullessness that makes me very uncomfortable imagining such a person having a position of authority and a gun.

    Comment by SeaKat | March 26, 2009 | Reply

  8. Wow. What a cunt act.

    Comment by BunchOfFives | March 26, 2009 | Reply

  9. BunchOfFives/Elves– Thank you for being the one to pull out the c word. It’s dangerous around here (or used to be. Is it still outlawed?) but it was definitely my first thought when I read this.

    Comment by Chelsea - PETA Protector | March 27, 2009 | Reply

  10. Only when Alice uses it, Chelsea. 😉

    In all seriousness, though, while generally that word makes me cringe, I can’t think of a better word to describe this cop.

    Comment by Cait | March 29, 2009 | Reply

  11. apparently the guy was put on desk duty. that’s it, desk duty.

    and the family feels his dooshiness was race related.

    Comment by lava | March 29, 2009 | Reply


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