Back in 2017, in Baton Rouge, LA, officer Christopher Manuel was driving his Corvette and doing 94 in a 50mph zone - nearly double the speed limit. But he wasn’t in a police car rushing to the scene of a crime - he was off duty.
He ended up crashing into the SUV carrying Brittany Stephens and her infant child, sending it spinning end-over-end. The infant was killed in the crash.
That type of reckless driving, especially resulting in injury and death, would typically result in a major fine, a loss of one’s driver's license for at least a year, and at least 30 days’ jail time. But because Manuel’s a cop, that’s not what happened.
To add insult to injury, Stephens was charged with “negligent homicide” for not securing her baby’s car seat well enough, and was sent to jail.
What was Manuel’s punishment? He was quickly out on bond and then put on PAID administrative leave.
Nearly two years after killing an infant and getting its mother sent to prison, and being paid his taxpayer-funded salary the entire time while doing nothing, the charges have been DROPPED.
These are the egregious abuses of power that police officers commit daily. We have to fight back against police lawlessness, corruption, and impunity!