To contrast Barker’s case, consider the following. Earlier this year, in a neighboring county, Joshua Lewis Blunt left his child in a vehicle outside the restaurant where he works. Tragically, his 8-month-old daughter died.
Blunt was not given a paid vacation. Instead he was immediately charged with second-degree murder and held on a $250,000 bond.
However, since Barker is a police officer, Long Beach Police Department, Chief Wayne McDowell said the death is being investigated as an “internal matter with his officers.” Must be nice.
It’s not the first time a cop got a paid vacation for doing this.