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    Officer involved in controversial Dallas traffic stop of NFL player Ryan Moats finds new job.

    02:25 PM CDT on Thursday, September 24, 2009

    By JONATHAN BETZ / WFAA-TV
    [email protected]

    STRATFORD, Texas - A former Dallas police officer who detained an NFL player from visiting his dying mother-in-law at a hospital has found a new job in a small community in the Texas Panhandle

    Officer Robert Powell has been employed by the city of Stratford, which is about 80 miles north of Amarillo, since August.

    "Officer Powell made a mistake," said Stratford Police Chief Winston Dennis. "We all agree it could have been handled differently. But, was it a bad enough mistake to say he should never be a cop again? And I think the answer's no."

    In March, Powell stopped NFL running back Ryan Moats as he rushed with his wife to see his dying mother-in-law at a North Texas hospital. Powell followed Moats' speeding car into the hospital's parking lot and delayed him despite pleas from Moats, his wife and nurses to let him go inside.

    "I can screw you over," Powell could be heard saying to Moats on a dashboard camera video.

    The video was replayed on television and the Internet and sparked nationwide outrage. The incident led Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle to apologize for Powell's behavior and later Powell's resignation in April.

    "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," he then said in a statement issued by his attorneys.

    Stratford residents say Powell now lives alone, leading a quiet life and patrolling the town of 2,000 at night. But, even in this small town, the outrage remains. Fliers that have been circulating questioned the decision made by city leaders.

    "There's some people upset in Stratford; I'll say that upfront," said Mayor Jimmy Lanning. "Some people are angry that he's here."

    At a local restaurant, little sympathy was expressed for the newcomer. "I don't approve of what he did," said resident Kerry Bell. "He seemed to be a little racist."

    Powell has largely avoided the media. WFAA-TV was told he left town as soon as he heard a news van was arriving.

    "He's dealing with the pressure," Lanning said. "That's what he's got to do, deal with it every day."

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    Everyone deserves a second chance; hopefully he learned and can educate himself on his mistakes and use better tactics and judgement the next time around.
    "Abandon your animosities and make your sons Americans." - Robert E. Lee, 1865

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    • #3
      People need to grow up and let the past go. Are people that immature to still be hanging on something so trivial?

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      • #4
        I agree, he deserves another chance. It's not like he tortured dogs or anything.
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        • #5
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          Powell has largely avoided the media. WFAA-TV was told he left town as soon as he heard a news van was arriving.

          "He's dealing with the pressure," Lanning said. "That's what he's got to do, deal with it every day."

          He better learn to deal with the media and do it now. What's going to happen when he is on an incident( crash, fire, shooting etc) and the news shows up? Is he going to leave? Is he going to order them away and then get fired again? Maybe he'll set up yellow tape a mile away and everyone but the media can come in, that will lead to a lawsuit. Or will he do his job and not bother them.
          Hopefully he learned from his ways. I'm sure he will do fine if he treats the townsfolk with respect.It may not be easy at first but he'll get there.

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          • #6
            Hopefully his new Chief isn't as willing to hang an officer out to dry as quickly as his old Chief.

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            • #7
              So Michael Vick gets a free pass. . .and this LEO is still being villified. . .

              Gotta love the media!

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              • #8
                Goes to show you what a slow news day and little fame/money does for you. If this would of been anyone else it may had played once and story is over. Since this guy is who he is they will not let it go. Bad judgment by the Officer doing his job? I don't think so! But their is always an exceptions to the rule. Bad choice of words during the traffic stop most definitely. The Officer made a bad choice of words we all know that, let it go!
                Some people were just dropped on their heads as children more than the rest of us!

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                • #9
                  I agree. Bad choice of words big time. If this had just been an average Joe on the street eh no big deal. But because it was a celebrity it's being over done. Had the guy worked for me maybe some paperwork, verbal counseling, and not working a patrol for a little bit. The kid screwed up and made a mistake let it go people. Funny thing is the video being posted on you tube really drew out the I hate the police crowd. Anyhow the kid got a second chance so lets see how he does with it.
                  Professionalism always, courtesy until it's time not to be.

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                  • #10
                    How he handled the situation wasn't the best, however he shouldn't have been thrown under the bus like he was... glad he found a new gig.
                    “The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed."

                    "You go for a man hard enough and fast enough, he don't have time to think about how many's with him; he thinks about himself, and how he might get clear of that wrath that's about to set down on him."

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Crimy View Post
                      Hopefully his new Chief isn't as willing to hang an officer out to dry as quickly as his old Chief.
                      I agree...

                      When turds lie to you all day long, you tend not to believe what anyone says.

                      Major league teams are filled with thugs, recruited right from the ghettos of America, that now happen to have money and so called status... oh and don't forget their posse's!

                      Having said that, once a nurse came out and verified what the situation was, that should have been the end of it. Sadly, it was not.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by ccthompsfs View Post
                        I agree. Bad choice of words big time. If this had just been an average Joe on the street eh no big deal. But because it was a celebrity it's being over done. Had the guy worked for me maybe some paperwork, verbal counseling, and not working a patrol for a little bit. The kid screwed up and made a mistake let it go people. Funny thing is the video being posted on you tube really drew out the I hate the police crowd. Anyhow the kid got a second chance so lets see how he does with it.
                        I am in partial agreement, let us see how he uses his second chance. I hope that he uses this second chance wisely and watches what he says. Lets our buddy, Mr. LEO, cross our fingers and hope he leaves his ego at home this time. And I really do hope he gains some thing that he lacked in the entire incident, that is the simple human compassion.

                        However, I do think that had this been another person, he would have gotten the same reaction. Its not the fact that this guy was a celebrity(read football player), but the fact that the LEO let his own ego get the best of him. Its about the lack of compassion displayed by the LEO.

                        If there is one thing that I would like to ask LEO Powell is this, what did you mean you said, "I can screw you over. . ."?

                        I agree with every one, he screwed up royally, but I don't think it merited the anti-LEO backlash that it generated. If Vick can get a second chance, so can this dude. . . .
                        Last edited by Raiden; 09-27-2009, 03:38 PM.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Raiden View Post
                          So Michael Vick gets a free pass. . .and this LEO is still being villified. . .
                          Free pass? And does Michael Vick's playing football have anything to do with what he went to prison for?
                          Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -- Aldous Huxley
                          Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity. -- Albert Einstein

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Raiden View Post
                            So Michael Vick gets a free pass. . .and this LEO is still being villified. . .

                            Gotta love the media!
                            I'm an animal lover and was appalled by what Vick did...but he most certainly did not get a 'free pass'. He went to prison, lost millions of dollars, lost endorsements and was removed from football in the prime of his career. Many athletes have worked the system in their favor, Vick isn't among them...

                            And I don't think this cop is being 'villified' in the media. He made a mistake, and like Vick, he's dealing with it. Life goes on and they both got a second chance, good for them...

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                            • #15
                              Best of wishes to the officer..

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