If watching this police car camera footage and more importantly, learning what took place after the incident ended, doesn’t make you angry, then you’re probably walking around with a glowing ring over your head…
Off-duty Baton Rouge (Louisiana) police officer David Stewart was driving his patrol car on April 30, 2012, just outside his jurisdiction, when he noticed a Ford F-150 truck driving erratically and nearly twice the 45 mph (72km/h) speed limit. Stewart decided to take action and signaled the truck to pull over. The Ford driver continued to disregard the cop for a few miles, but in the end, he decided to pull over.
In the dashcam video, we hear Stewart telling the middle-age man “What the hell is wrong with you?”. The man then approaches the officer who tells him to back up. Stewart alerts the Livingston deputies and asks for the driver’s license – and here’s the million dollar surprise: instead of a driver’s license, the man pulls out a cop badge from his wallet!
As it turns out, the motorist in the truck was also an off-duty Baton Rouge police officer named Brian L. Harrison! But wait, this story gets worse… A furious Cpl. Brian L. Harrison tells Stewart that he is way out of his jurisdiction! Can you believe that?
After calling off the alert to the police station, Stewart tells him “My kids are on that road”, referring to the street that Harrison was speeding, to which he replies, “I don’t care”. “That’s what’s wrong with police officers like you,” Stewart responded. “You ought not be a police officer.” “You’re exactly right,” replied Harrison, who is assigned to the department’s Air Support Unit.
Before Harrison left the scene , he gave Stewart the middle finger. As reported from The Advocate, later in the same day, Harrison sent an email to Stewart that read: “I understand you are new and want to pull everyone over but please … sometimes give it a rest. The best thing you could have done was get on I-12 and go to work.”
We’ll remind that you in a similar incident in Florida a couple of years ago, an on-duty cop had no problem arresting an off-duty fellow officer in a marked car for speeding.
The Baton Rouge incident reached the police department’s supervisor who said he was “shocked” by Harrison’s actions and wrote the following in a report: “When it got to the point that Cpl. Harrison identified himself as a Baton Rouge police officer, I feel that he was beyond his capacity of a police officer and was a violator of several traffic infractions and needed to be treated as such.”
Nevertheless, the internal affairs documents that arrived in the hands of The Advocate through a public records request, said that the incident “prompted an internal investigation that led to verbal counseling for both Harrison and Stewart“, or in other words, not even a slap on the wrist, which is a true slap in the face for everyone else…