On July 27, 2008, while her husband Zach (left) was at training camp with the Cowboys in Oxnard, Calif., Maritza Thomas (center) was pulled over by Powell for an illegal U-turn near NorthPark Center.
Wow. Reports are now coming out that Officer Robert Powell detaining Houston Texans running back Ryan Moats as he and his family rushed to a hospital to see a dying loved one wasn’t the only over-zealous action he has committed.
On July 27, 2008, while her husband Zach Thomas was at training camp with the Cowboys in Oxnard, Calif., Maritza Thomas was pulled over by Powell for an illegal U-turn near NorthPark Center.
Maritza Thomas was issued five tickets by Powell, four of which were later dismissed. 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.
“This in no way compares to what happened to Ryan Moats and his family,” said Zach Thomas, who played for the Cowboys last season and is now a free agent. “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.”
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. She accepted deferred adjudication for the illegal U-turn charge, and her record will be cleared next month.
In total, Maritza Thomas, who is Hispanic, was detained roughly five hours.
Let me just say that I have the highest regard for the men and women that are our city’s police forces. But when one bad apple is in the mix, I hope that indivisual is identified and released from their current police job as I feel they are a tremendous hinderance to the public they are supposed to be protecting and serving. There’s no place for this kind of activity.