Police: Footage shows wrongful arrest of Baltimore passerby

BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore police on Friday released body camera footage showing a veteran officer chasing down and arresting a pedestrian who criticized his behavior, an incident that the city’s top cop says illustrates a “horrible culture” within the force that’s struggling to comply with federally mandated police reforms.

Sgt. Ethan Newberg and a subordinate officer have been suspended after investigators say body camera video disproved the 24-year veteran’s recent account of an arrest in Southwest Baltimore. In his initial report, Newberg portrayed the man as “combative and aggressive.”

But in video shown to reporters Friday, Newberg and the subordinate officer are shown to be aggressors as a male passerby tries to cross a rain-slicked street where uniformed officers are conducting a warrant check. The man is heard calmly criticizing officers as he walks nearby, saying they…

Original published: 2019-06-15 06:04:27 Read the full Washington News here


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