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Robert Powell Quits Police Force in Aftermath of Controversial Traffic Stop

April 2nd, 2009 | by Staff
Robert Powell

Police officer Robert Powell, who was made notorious after video from the dashboard camera in his cruiser was made public, has handed in his badge and gun.

Last week a Dallas-area news station aired a video captured from Powell’s police car on March 18. In the video Powell is seen pulling over a man, who had just went through a red light, in the parking lot of a hospital. The man, Houston Texans’ running back Ryan Moats, had just gotten a call from the hospital where his mother-in-law lay dying and he was rushing to be by her bedside. [Scroll down to see the video].

Moats explains the situation to Powell but the officer callously delays Moats for 13 minutes as he writes him a ticket, just enough time for Moats to miss the final moments with his mother-in-law.

Powell released a statement through his lawyer that reads, “With a heavy heart and great sadness, I resigned from the Dallas Police Department this morning. 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.”

While no longer a cop, an internal-affairs investigation into Powell’s actions is still ongoing.

Robert Powell pulls over NFL player Ryan Moats

Ryan Moats and wife Tamishia Moats on Good Morning America

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