Baltimore Cop Who Told Bystander to ‘Take His Charges Like a Man’ After Tackling Him Is Now Facing Charges for Assault, False Imprisonment

A Baltimore police sergeant is facing criminal charges after instructing a fellow officer to tackle and arrest a civilian he claimed was “interfering” with a warrant check.

Recently released body camera footage from the incident paints a vastly different picture, however.

In the video released by the Baltimore Police Department on Friday, police Sgt. Ethan Newberg is seen chasing after and grabbing bystander Lee Dotson after his criticism of police arrest tactics during an officer’s detainment of another man on May 30. Newberg, a 24-year veteran of the department, is now criminally charged with assault, false imprisonment, and misconduct in office stemming from the incident, according to The Baltimore Sun.

He remains suspended without pay.

The newspaper reported that a second officer and subordinate to Newberg, whom the department hasn’t named, has been suspended with pay pending their investigation into his role in the incident.

In the body camera footage, Newberg, 49, orders Dotson to “mind his business” after the man criticizes the officers’ decision to make a suspect sit down on wet pavement during a warrant check. Dotson is seen walking away from police as he continues to rant. Seconds later, Newberg charges toward him.

“I’m not running away, ” Dotson says as the sergeant grabs him by the arm, attempting to take him down. “Please get off me, sir. Get the f–k off me!”


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