On April 3, 2018, Manuel was arrested by the Memphis Police while doing his journalistic work. He was singled out from the pool of reporters and arrested under false charges that were later dropped.
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The day Manuel was arrested
Manuel was wearing his bright yellow press identification and was one of several journalists reporting on this action.
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Although the charges would be later dropped entirely, the Shelby County Sheriff’s office decided to hold Manuel for two days and hand him over to immigration authorities once his case was dismissed. He is currently being held at LaSalle Detention Facility, a private immigration detention facility owned by the GEO Group in Jena, Louisiana.
Journalists doing their job should never be targeted by law enforcement.
Manuel’s family, along with several local and national organizations, are working to bring Manuel home where he can continue to serve his community.
Manuel’s Legal Defense Team
Manuel is being represented by Latino Memphis and the Southern Poverty Law Center.