Dallas Police Officer Resigns

DALLAS (AP) - A Dallas policeman who pulled his gun and threatened an NFL player with jail -- and didn't let him into a hospital where his mother-in-law was dying -- quit today.

Officer Robert Powell was placed on leave over the March 18 incident when he stopped an SUV driven by Houston Texans running back Ryan Moats.

The stop outside Baylor Regional Medical Center in Plano came after the Moats vehicle rolled through a red light.

The player's wife was able to run into the hospital, but Moats had to remain outside with Powell as the officer lectured him on attitude. During that time the player's mother-in-law died.

The exchange between Moats and the officer was captured on the patrol car's dash cam, including the officer saying: "I can screw you over."

Powell later apologized.

Powell, in his resignation statement, says quote:

"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."

Dallas police say Powell "resigned under his own accord." Because he resigned while under investigation, he won't be eligible for rehire with the department.


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