The circumstances are that the Moats family was detained and failed to be present during the mother in law's last moments. And there are a lot of people saying that this is just another example of how all cops are jerks.
However, there is something that people are not thinking about. Ryan Moats ran a red light. Officer Powell did not know the circumstances, he just knew that someone ran a light. It is his job to pull people over who run red lights.
OK, so Ryan Moats told the officer that his mother in law was dying in the hospital. Here's the ugly truth, next time you see a cop, any cop I want you to ask him a question. Ask the cop how many times he's been lied to. That's right everyone lies to the police. Everyone. It would be nice if everyone told the truth or if police always believed me when I told them something, but guess what? It doesn't work that way. I cops let their guard down they die.
The thing to keep in mind is that when a police officer pulls you over, when he walks up to your car he has no idea whether you are going to have license and registration or a pistol. He doesn't know if you hurry is to get to the hospital to see a sick loved one or because you've got a little kid you snatched in your trunk. The police don't know.
It would be nice if they could take you at your word, but bad guys think up excuses.
Here's a scenario. A car runs a red light. A police officer gives chase. The card does not stop and continues to drive. The car stops in the hospital parking lot, the man jumps out and begins shouting that his mother is dying in the hospital. The cop says, go right ahead, go about your business. The man runs in the hospital doors a few minutes later the report comes over the radio. The man the policeman just pulled over and let go shot someone 30 minutes ago.
And the police officer in question let the culprit go. Don't you think people would impune him for that? Well well well, look at Barney Fife, just let a murderer go! And that my friends is a no win situation.