by digby

TChris reports:

NFL running back Ryan Moats just wanted to get his wife to the hospital before her mother died. You can't blame him for rolling through a red light. You can blame the officer who pulled him over outside the ER, ignored his pleas (and those of hospital staff), threatened to screw him over, and took his time writing a ticket.

His mother in law passed away while the offer forced Moats to remain in his car as he checked for outstanding warrants.

He's lucky he didn't get tasered.

H/t to reader Bill, who points out that the best cops are good sociologists and psychologists, common sense law enforcement skills which seem to have disappeared in the age of forced compliance by any means necessary.

The Dallas police department apologized, which is terrific and all, but one wonders if the person wasn't an NFL player if he'd even get that.