Dallas police Officer Robert Powell resigned Wednesday, a week after he garnered national notoriety for detaining an NFL player outside a hospital where his mother-in-law lay dying.
“With a heavy heart and great sadness, I resigned from the Dallas Police Department this morning,” he said in a statement issued by his attorneys. “I made this decision in the hope that my resignation will allow the Dallas Police Department, my fellow officers, and the citizens of Dallas to better reflect on this experience, learn from the mistakes made, and move forward.”
The resignation won’t end the internal-affairs investigation into Powell’s actions, police officials said.
Nor will the resignation end the external criticism from the American people for what can only be considered a reprehensible act.