Fear and loathing in a city near me

Each time I tell my daughter, sister, and brother that police officers are to be trusted rather than feared or loathed, something shitty like this happens.
Ryan Moats plays for the NFL, for the Houston Texans. On March 18th, he was speeding in Plano, right by the hospital. His mother-in-law was literally dying at that moment and he was pulled over. Below is the video. What follows when he is pulled over is asinine, heinous, and completely uncalled for. When I saw it the first time, I was shaking with anger. And then I read in the paper that the mother-humper actually pulled out his gun on Mr. Moats and his family. Are you kidding me?
Police Officer Robert Powell needs to get his ass kicked for this. At the very least, I think he needs to lose his job. I don't think he should get a second chance at being a cop. He doesn't deserve that honor. He had absolutely no reason to act like an ass to these people. They didn't give chase, they weren't being non-compliant or rude. And it's not like they ran a fucking red light because they were drunk, high, or young high school punks. Or, for that matter, NFL football players that think they can do whatever the hell they want.
They ran a red light because a member of their family was dying. They were still being as safe as possible, and had their flashers on.
I am shocked, saddened, and disgusted. Who the f- does this police officer think he is?
I am so incredibly sorry that this happened. I have no words to adequately convey my anger and regret.


Kristie said...

I saw that video the other day. Dude needs a lesson in compassion and a swift kick in the ass.

TUWABVB said...

Just delurking (found your blog through some other Texas girls) to say "AMEN"! I was so, so angry when I read that article the other day. And frustrated. I love that the daughter just walked away from the cop and went to her mother's bedside. But he deserves some serious punishment. You don't pull a gun when you are pulling someone over for a traffic violation - especially in front of a hospital. It doesnt' take rocket science to figure out that might be why the driver was speeding.

Anonymous said...

I was really bummed when I heard about this. I realize the officer is new on the force and car full of black people is probably scary to Officer Skinny White Dude, but, really, put 2-and-2 together, idiot! They ran a red light and are at a hospital. It's not like they arrived at a strip club or a crack den. I come from a long line of law enforcement in my family and I know that training involves the use of reason.

Lost In Splendor said...

I'm always trying to trust the police too, but so many things like this happen. I just feel like they should be better screened. I also hope these recorders get put into every police car.

KC pointed this out to me and I was very upset by it. I also strongly feel that this was motivated by race (I know people often say things like that, but there are times when it's true) and I think that is really the part that makes this so hard for me to handle.