Video Of Dallas Police Altercation Stokes Anger

Raw Footage Of Moats Police Altercation

After passing through a red light, NFL player Ryan Moats was detained in an emergency room parking lot while his mother-in-law died inside. News of the recent incident — captured on a police dashboard video camera — has sparked outrage and stirred a national debate about abuse of police power.

Powell, as well as the Dallas Police Department, have since apologized. The officer is now on paid administrative leave.

Dallas Asst. Police Chief Floyd Simpson discusses the incident and addresses sentiments of public distrust fueled by the videotaped exchange. Simpson also tells how his department is working to prevent similar incidents from happening again.

Statement From Dallas Police Officer Robert Powell

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I wish to publicly and sincerely apologize to the Moats family, my colleagues in the Dallas Police Department, and to all those who have been rightfully angered by my actions on March 18, 2009. After stopping Mr. Moats' vehicle, I showed poor judgment and insensitivity to Mr. Moats and his family by my words and actions. With great remorse I accept my responsibility for adding to their grief in an already difficult time.

I have attempted to reach Mr. Moats to express my personal condolences directly to his family and my regret about my actions. While these efforts have been unsuccessful so far, I hope we can talk soon.

Again, I am very sorry for what I did and ask for the forgiveness of all those touched by these unfortunate events.

- Officer Robert Powell

Official DPD Response to Moats Incident

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In light of Officer Robert Powell's recent actions, the Dallas Police Department shares your feelings of disappointment and outrage. The behavior exhibited by Officer Powell does not reflect the professionalism expected from our officers. When the department became aware of this incident, we contacted the Moats family to express our deepest sympathy for their loss and apologized for the actions made by Officer Powell. This officer has been placed on Administrative Leave while an Internal Affairs investigation is being conducted. In keeping with our mission, the men and women of the Dallas Police Department will treat our citizens with the same amount of dignity and respect with which they expect to be treated themselves.

- Dallas Police Department

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