From WFAA.com (Dallas):
DALLAS – Rushing to see his dying mother-in-law at a Plano hospital, a NFL player found himself delayed by a Dallas officer after he was stopped in the hospital’s ER parking lot.
With his wife and another woman in the car, Ryan Moats – a running back for the Houston Texans – sped his car towards the hospital on March 17. However, when he made it to the ER parking lot, they were stopped by Officer Robert Powell.
Dashcam video from the Dallas officer’s patrol car captured the incident.
“Get in there,” Officer Powell yelled out to Tamishia Moats, Ryan’s wife, as she exited the car. “Let me see your hands. Get in there. Put your hands on the car.”
“Excuse me, my mom is dying,” Moats said.
Moats and the other woman ignored Officer Powell’s commands and rushed inside the hospital to see her mother.
“I’ve got seconds before she’s gone, man,” Moats said to the officer.
Motes couldn’t find his insurance paperwork and was desperate to leave.
“Listen, if I can’t verify you have insurance…,” Officer Powell said.
“My mother-in-law is dying,” Moats interrupted.
“Listen to me,” Officer Powell said.
“Right now,” Moats said. “You’re wasting my time.”
“If you can’t verify you have insurance, I’m going to tow your car,” the officer said. “So, you either find it or I am going to tow the car.”
As they argued, the officer got irritated.
“Shut your mouth,” the officer said. “Shut your mouth. You can either settle down and cooperate or I can just take you to jail for running a red light.”
The clash shocked Moats.
“For him to not even be sympathetic at all, and basically we’re dogs or something and we don’t matter, it basically shocked me,” Moats said.
“I can screw you over,” Officer Powell said. “I would rather not do that. You obviously will dictate everything that happens; and right now, your attitude sucks.”
Twice, the hospital sent nurses to try and get the officer to let Moats go.
“We’re blue coding her for the third time,” the nurse said.
Even a Plano police officer stopped to make a plea for the officer to let Moats go.
“Hey, that’s the nurse,” the Plano officer said. “She says the mom is dying right now and she wants to know if I can get him up there.”
After 20 minutes, the officer ticketed Moats for running a red light.
However, by the time Moats made it up to the ER, she had already passed.
“I went up after she passed and held her hand, but she was already gone,” Moats said.
Dallas police have apologized, dropped the ticket and launched an investigation.
“When it came to our attention, we immediately called for an internal investigation to be done,” said Lt. Andy Havey, Dallas Police Department.
Respect, dignity, death, insurance.