DALLAS – The police officer who pulled out his gun and threatened an NFL player with jail instead of allowing him inside a hospital where his mother-in-law was dying resigned Wednesday. Officer Robert Powell had been placed on leave for the March 18 incident when he stopped Houston Texans running back Ryan Moats' SUV outside Baylor Regional Medical Center in suburban Plano after the vehicle rolled through a red light. Moats' wife, Tamishia, and other relatives were also in the car.It's about time someone decided it was enough of this "paid leave" nonsense and shockingly it was Powell. Now let's just hope that he does not show up again 3 months later as a member of another city's police department or something like that. Go back to school if you have to, Mr. Powell, and take up another career. American law enforcement will be much better off that way.
"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," Powell said in a statement issued through his attorneys.
(FYI, I have updated the AFC, CONCACAF, CONMEBOL, and UEFA confederation standings for the 2006 World Cup qualifiers after yesterday's big day of games. As always, click on the link on the side.)