You can bet that card will be played if it hadn't already. With the Rambo
cops of this generation, raised in a zero tolerance environment throughout
school, to offset the rampant stupidity of the administrators, and with no
compassion taught on video games or TV, probably the same thing.
In the old days in this state an immediate escort would have been provided
to the hospital regardless of race, I've seen it happen firsthand ... this
cop should be fired on the spot, regardless.
"Rambo" says it all.
Cop's mug shot speaks volumes.
Can't say the same about Cleveland.
About '57-'58 time frame, my future brother-in-law was taking night
school classes and I was at his house.
Phone call came in he had been hit by a car while crossing the street
and taken to the hospital.
Get there as quick as you can.
No other info available.
I was the most rational and elected to drive.
Got stopped for speeding on way to hospital.
Explained the situation and asked for an escort.
No deal, got a ticket and a warning.
Would have been okay except was driving during a 30 day suspension.
Eventually, everything worked out.
Train a police force like you do the military and they will quickly look for
an excuse to revert to military operations to put that training into
practice ... problem is, the "enemy" is the population. Look at what IRS
swat teams have perpetrated in the past.
I'm far past being naοve enough to believe that this is simply a by-product
of providing them sufficient fire power to equal the gangster element.
There's some kind of odd mindset, for sure. It reminds me of a group
of para-Marines, Recon guys who went a step further.
Biggest scare I ever got in the Corps was landing at Pearl Harbor, and
hearing our unit assignments called out. They called the unit assigned
first, Recon, etc. During the Recon roll call, I heard Self! It turned
out to be a buck sergeant name Roy Self, whom I never did meet.
Who knows? This episode has been discussed on the "tx.guns" newsgroup.
My view is that Moats should simply have said "Screw you, John Law" and
walked off. Almost anything the cop does at that point would have guaranteed
him a career making Slurpees at the Stop-N-Rob.
First, the cop sure is no physical match for an NFL running back (5'10", 230
lbs). Second, if the cop decided to deploy his Taser or pistol, the mayors
of both Dallas and Plano, along with the police chiefs, would have been on
the scene within the hour. The governor of Texas would be holding a press
conference before dawn.
Remember, Moat's wife was told, at gunpoint, to get back in the car. She
said "Not by the hair of my chinney-chin-chin" and went on into the
hospital. I think Moats should have done the same and left the cop in the
empty parking lot with his ticket book.
The cop should have known that traffic laws are trumped by "exigent
circumstances" and certainly a mission of mercy would qualify.
The law IS on the books in every state and the Federal Rules of Criminal
Procedure. It has been upheld in every federal circuit and by the Supreme
Court. Generally it is used to sanction some police action for which a delay
would be fatal, such as the time taken to obtain a search warrant.
Generally, an emergency, a pressing necessity, or a set of circumstances
requiring immediate attention or swift action. In the criminal procedure
context, exigent circumstances means:
"An emergency situation requiring swift action to prevent imminent danger to
life or serious damage to property, or to forestall the imminent escape of a
suspect, or destruction of evidence. There is no ready litmus test for
determining whether such circumstances exist, and in each case the
extraordinary situation must be measured by the facts known by officials."
People v. Ramey, 545 P.2d 1333,1341 (Cal. 1976).
The laws as written don't just "allow", Mike, but compels you to act even if
doing so contravenes those lesser laws, in the case of a life emergency. In
all cases, possibly even including California, the laws place the value of
human life far above the more trivial traffic or property laws. With that
said, getting to the bedside of a dying family member doesn't qualify as a
life emergency. The real trouble here was the demonstrated lack of human
compassion. The fear, outrage, and concern is in deputizing, arming, and
putting into a position of authority a provable psychopath.
Maybe. Maybe not.
But I'd bet that rolling through a stop sign, if not totally ignored
in a white driver, would have been dropped on the instantt with the
explanation Moats gave.
I live in a semi-rural county, but, even here, if the various cops
didn't ignore drivers rolling through stop signs, they'd do little
else all day but write tickets that would be tossed out in court.
They'll grab someone when it is an obvious traffic hazard, but
otherwise, 99.5% of the time, no.
I was unaware of that story. Unbelievable!
What I find troubling about it most of all is simply that an otherwise
reasonably good police department could be tarnished by this bozo's actions.
I kept thinking over and over again, LAWSUIT!!, LAWSUIT!!, LAWSUIT!!,
LAWSUIT!!, LAWSUIT!!, LAWSUIT!!, LAWSUIT!!, LAWSUIT!!, LAWSUIT!!, LAWSUIT!!,
This moron is so clueless that he did this on camera. Did he really think
that his actions could be justified in any way? And since those videos are
public records, there is no question as to what actually happened. He
obviously did not think that he did anything wrong. He even bragged on
camera afterwards of falsifying a report on a chase because it was done in
violation of department guidelines.
Anybody that stupid and clueless is an incredible liability to any police
department. His law enforcement career is over. And the Dallas PD is on the
hook for a big settlement. The city attorneys must be having nightmares
Ryan Moats and his wife will be on Good Morning America on monday morning.
This young man is the poster boy for hard work, study and strong suppoerter
of his community and schools. He deserved better.
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