Zach Thomas Accuses Officer of Mistreating His Wife MaritzaMarch 30th, 2009 - 9:47 pm ICT by GD
NFL Player Zach Thomas said Officer Robert Powell of the Ryan Moats case had mistreated his wife last year in his zeal to detain a motorist.
It is reported that while Zach was training with the Cowboys at Oxnard, Calif, Maritza Thomas was pulled over by Officer Powell for taking an illegal U-turn at the NorthPark Center. Officer Powell issued her five tickets, of which four were dismissed later. In addition he handcuffed Maritza Thomas, and put her at the back of his car and made her spend three hours at the Dallas County Jail. He also allegedly threatened her with spending the night behind the bars. Maritza, the Hispanic wife of Zach Thomas, was detained for a total of five hours by Officer Powell. Before he took her to jail, he did not listen to her as she tried to explain where the proper paperwork was. Maritza later said, “My mom was begging for him to let her go to the apartment that was five minutes away to get the paperwork. He unbuckled his holster, and she got scared.”
Meanwhile Officer Powell has sent out a public apology for the way he handled the Ryan Moats incident. His statement said, “I wish to publicly and sincerely apologize to the Moats family, my colleagues in the Dallas Police Department, and to all those who have been rightfully angered by my actions on March 18, 2009. After stopping Mr. Moats’ vehicle, I showed poor judgment and insensitivity to Mr. Moats and his family by my words and actions. With great remorse I accept my responsibility for adding to their grief in an already difficult time. I have attempted to reach Mr. Moats to express my personal condolences directly to his family and my regret about my actions. While these efforts have been unsuccessful so far, I hope we can talk soon. Again, I am very sorry for what I did and ask for the forgiveness of all those touched by these unfortunate events.”
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