Perhaps Sgt. Ethan Newberg
of Baltimore PD was having a bad day. Maybe his week wasn't going to plan or his month was a bit too much to handle. But that still does not excuse or explain what he did to an innocent bystander.
When Lee Dotson
saw two BPD officers forcing a man to sit down on the rain-drenched ground, he decided to say something as he went on his way. "That ground wet, man," he said to the two cops. But Officer Newberg and his partner didn't like the sound of the "uppity" black man and decided to let him have it.
Newberg left the other man he was harassing on the pavement and shot into the street to grab Dotson. Within seconds, Dotson as on the ground screaming for help as the other officer and handcuffed him.
Dotson, like the several other bystanders around who filmed the event were shocked. " I am not running away! ….I didn't do nothing…!"
And he wasn't the only one who thought so, Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison the head cop of the city, denounced Newberg and his partner's behavior.
Newberg had initially said that he arrested Dotson because he was being combative but after his own body cam footage was released the entire world saw the truth. A man that was drunk on power and didn't like the way that Dotson spoke to him. For that, he encroached on his rights, abused him and put him in a situation that could have easily escalated taking into account Baltimore's "horrible culture" of excessive force.
If there is a silver lining to this story, Newberg has been charged with second-degree assault, false imprisonment, and misconduct. He's also been put on unpaid leave by the force, but shockingly he hasn't been fired.
The other officer is on paid leave and could get away with his role in this heinous attack without paying any price.
Call on the mayor and police commissioner of Baltimore to take a stand against the excessive, violent behavior of their men in blue. Make an example of the two officers involved in this abuse and fire them both. Sign the petition.