Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced Thursday that veteran Baltimore Police sergeant, Ethan Newberg, has been indicted on 32 counts of false imprisonment, assault and misconduct in office based on a “pattern and practice of harassment and intimidation.”
Newberg was criminally charged with forcibly arresting a bystander without justification in May. The investigation into this charge led to prosecutors watching Newberg’s past body-camera footage and uncovering a pattern of harassment and intimidation demonstrated by the officer.
The indictment, handed down by a grand jury, alleges that Sgt. Ethan Newberg, 49, “did knowingly, intentionally, and unlawfully harass, detain and assault citizens who were engaged in lawful conduct for the improper purposes of dominating, intimidating and instilling fear” in them between July 2018 and May of this year.
Newberg ignored his training as a police officer and the policies of the department, according to the indictment, and repeatedly “stopped, accosted, intimidated, harassed and threatened” people without probable cause in at least nine separate incidents.
“Several of Newberg’s unlawful detentions and assaults occurred as a direct result of citizens sitting or standing idly nearby [as] Newberg was conducting other police business, causing no disturbance nor creating any threat to Newberg or his colleagues; several occurred as citizens openly, from a distance, called into question what Newberg was doing to or with another citizen; others occurred when citizens attempted to video record what Newberg was doing to or with another citizen,” the indictment states.
Newberg has been released on $200,000 bail. According to his attorney, Newberg must return any firearms he has and must also surrender his passport.
A trial date was scheduled for April 21 for Newberg.