On Tuesday, Dallas police officer Robert Powell went on KTVT-Channel 11 to apologize to Ryan and Tamisha Moats for detaining them in a Plano hospital parking lot for 13 excrutiating minutes. Powell, placed on administrative leave last week pending a DPD investigation, also insisted he wanted nothing more in the world than to keep his job:
"To say I am scared of being fired is an understatement. I am terrified. I have a family. I have two young children. If I were in that situation again, I would take them inside, let them be with there mother, which is where they needed to be, and if I could take it back I would."
Two days later, Powell wants out. His attorney, Christopher Livingston, forwarded to Unfair Park the two-sentence letter of resignation Powell gave to Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle this morning. Far lengthier is his explanation likewise forwarded by Powell's attorney, which reads, in full:
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"With a heavy heart and great sadness, I resigned from the Dallas Police Department this morning.
I made this decision in the hope that my resignation will allow the Dallas Police Department, my fellow officers, and the citizens of Dallas to better reflect on this experience, learn from the mistakes made, and move forward.
I still hope to speak with the Moats family to personally express my deep regret, sympathy, and to apologize for my poor judgment and unprofessional conduct.
I also want to apologize to my fellow officers. I have sincere respect and admiration for the men and women of the Dallas Police Department and the work they perform daily, and I wish them well."