RadioOnFire.com – Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby is set to announce a new indictment against a veteran Baltimore police sergeant.
Sgt. Ethan Newberg, who had been set to stand trial Tuesday, Dec. 17, now faces 32 counts, including false imprisonment, assault and misconduct in office.
A 24-year veteran, Newberg’s overtime pay made him one of the city’s highest-paid employees. He has been suspended without pay since his June arrest on suspicion of running down a passerby who complained about how he conducted a warrant check.
Mosby is set to speak about the new indictment later Thursday afternoon.
On May 30, Newberg and Officer Alex Young were on patrol on Ashton Street in southwest Baltimore. They were checking on a possible warrant for a man when, as seen in body-worn camera video, another man walking by criticized Newberg for having the man sit on a wet sidewalk. In their police report, Newberg and Young claimed the victim incited a crowd around the officers, “creating a hostile environment.”
Video went on to show Newberg chasing the victim and grabbing him while the other officer places him in handcuffs.
“I didn’t do nothing to you. I’ve got the freedom of speech,” the man protests.
He asks what he was under arrest for.
“Just go to jail and take your charge like a man,” Newberg says.
The man later asks what he was going to jail for.
“You don’t know how to act,” Newberg says.
The victim complained he was hurt and was taken to Saint Agnes Hospital, where the two officers claimed they recovered suspected cocaine.
The victim was ultimately charged with disorderly conduct. Prosecutors later dismissed the case.