A Dallas police officer who drew his gun after pulling over an NFL player rushing to see his dying mother-in-law apologized Friday for his actions.
The statement from Officer Robert Powell was released through his attorneys and referred to his traffic stop last week of Houston Texans running back Ryan Moats.
"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,'' Powell's statement reads.
In the statement, Powell said he's attempted to reach Moats but has been unsuccessful.
"Again, I am very sorry for what I did and ask for the forgiveness of all those touched by these unfortunate events,'' Powell said.
No message could be left for the Moats family on Friday evening. Ryan Moats' agent did not immediately return a message left by The Associated Press.
Powell, a three-year veteran of the force, was placed on paid administrative leave Thursday pending results of an internal investigation into the incident. His attorney declined to comment beyond the statement.
Dallas Police Chief David Kunkel said he was embarrassed and disappointed after viewing video from a dashboard camera inside the officer's vehicle.