notified Ellsworth that the IID investigation concluded that the complaint was sustained)
Ellsworth was served with seven violations of four (administrative) Rules and Regulations for
the government of the Police Department of Baltimore City. The rules involve: (1) conductunbecoming an officer; (2) willful disobedience of lawful command or order; (3) unethical
conduct; and (4) insubordination / disrespect to superior officer.
As a practical matter, only two of the administrative charges are germane to the issues to
be decided by this Honorable Court:
Violation of General Order C-2, Rule 1, Section
Any breach of the peace, neglect of duty, misconduct or any conduct on the part of any
member of the department, either within or without the City of Baltimore, which tends to
undermine the good order, efficiency or discipline of the department, or which reflects
discredit upon the department or any member thereof, or which is prejudicial to theefficiency and discipline of the department, even though these offenses may not be
specifically enumerated or laid down, shall be considered conduct unbecoming a member
of the Baltimore Police Department, and subject to disciplinary action by the Police
For that, on or about August 7, 2009, Detective Joshua Ellsworth reflected discredit upon
himself and the Department, when, while on the scene of a possible domestic abduction,
Detective Ellsworth entered into a verbal confrontation with Sergeant Jonathan Brickus, a
permanent ranking supervisor, while in plain view of numerous law enforcement
members and the general public, thereby, conducting himself in a manner unbecoming a
member of the Baltimore Police Department.
CHARGE 4:Violation of General Order C-2, Rule 1, Section 13
It is important to the complete understanding of this case that the name Nathan Warfield not be overlooked. As willbe shown, Major Warfield was relieved of his command because of his association with a witness against Ellsworth
in this case.