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Thursday, March 26, 2009
Sickening story involving ex-Eagle RB Moats

By Dan Graziano
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

Having lived in Dallas the past 13 years, I can remember Ryan Moats as a standout running back at Bishop Lynch High School before starring at Louisiana Tech and getting drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles. Moats, who now plays for the Houston Texans, was involved in a horrifying situation last week that will make your stomach turn.

Every local TV and radio station today is abuzz about what appears to be completely inappropriate behavior on the part of a Dallas police officer who detained Moats and other family members as they tried to race toward a dying relative. Moats' mother-in-law, who was suffering from breast cancer, took a turn for the worse late in the evening of March 17. And as Moats rushed his wife, her father and an aunt to the hospital, he rolled through a red light.

Here's the edited video of what happened next. Upon encountering a family that was obviously in distress, the policeman made the situation even worse. I tend to give cops the benefit of the doubt in a lot of situations because, in most cases, they're putting their lives on the line in order to keep us safe. In this situation, a 25-year-old named Robert Powell not only failed to stand in harm's way, but he caused more.

The fact that the Moats' are black and the cop is white only reinforces a suspicion that many people already have. But no matter what you think, it was a horrible 13 minutes.