The Cop Who Hassled Ryan Moats Speaks Out, Softly
We've heard from Texans running back Ryan Moats on his experience with the Dallas cop who hassled him as he was trying to reach his dying mother-in-law, and now we've heard from the cop.
KTVT in Dallas got an exclusive interview with Robert Powell.
It starts off with a question that makes you wince and imagine a series of puffballs on the way: "Whats it like to be a person who is the most hated person in Dallas if not beyond?" (Powell answers, "It has been difficult -- we're worried about our two young children," thus ramping up the sympathy factor ASAP.
But from there the reporter does ask the right questions. Powell, obviously briefed on what to say, apologizes over and over.
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Why did he not let them go into the hospital?
"I don't know why I didn't. I should have."
Why did he say he could screw Moats over?
"Again, that was my mistake. I was trying to get him to calm down."
Powell admitted that part of what he was saying in the interview came from fear of losing his job; he also gave off a vibe of someone who knew he had fucked up big time.
Sometimes, people like that go back to their jobs a better person who's learned from their mistake; sometimes they go back thinking they're invincible and return to old habits.
What happens in this case is impossible to say, but it's clear that any public or semi-public utterances -- including what seems like a probably meeting with Moats and his wife -- will be well-rehearsed.
Sincere? That will be in the eye of the beholder.