Robert Powell, the police officer who detained Texans running back Ryan Moats last week, also arrested the wife of former Cowboys linebacker Zach Thomas last year, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Maritza Thomas was issued five tickets, four of which were later dismissed, after she was stopped for making an illegal U-turn last July. Thomas was handcuffed, placed in the back of a police cruiser, spent about three hours in the Dallas County Jail and was threatened with the possibility of spending the night behind bars. The charges that were dropped were failure to show proof of insurance, running a red light, having an improper address on a driver’s license and not having a registration sticker on the windshield.
Thomas was traveling with her mother, Teresa Lozano, who speaks little English and offered to go home to retrieve the proper paper work for the latter charges. At that point, Powell “unbuckled his holster.” Lozano later shared a ride with the tow truck operator and posted bail for Thomas.
- “This in no way compares to what happened to Ryan Moats and his family,” said Zach Thomas. “But we wanted to tell our story, not knowing how many others have been affected by Officer Powell. We know the vast majority of the Dallas police force are good and professional people, but this guy just seems excessive.”