TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The Reform Movement of Terre Haute demonstrated outside of the Terre Haute police station Saturday, calling on stronger disciplinary action against Sergeant Brad Newman.
Newman recently returned to work after a six day suspension from the department without pay.
People complained about a post Newman made on social media leading to his suspension.
Organizers with the demonstration said the sergeant needs to go and the department needs to protect the city from harm.
This month, Police Chief Shawn Keen said the department determined that Newman violated their code of ethics and social media policy.
Upon his return to work, Newman has been ordered to complete training sessions for six months, regarding expectations of his supervisions.
Organizers like Emma Crossen and Dominique Morefield rallied for support to call on the merit commission to take up an investigation.
“The problem is Brad Newman, but the problem is also very much a police department that protected him and is protecting him right now and is hiding behind his lies that he is just misunderstood. Brad Newman is not misunderstood, Brad Newman is understood very clearly,” Crossen said.
We reached out to Newman for comment. We have not heard back.
Newman is also the Vigo County Clerk.