Officer Brett Palkowitsch was charged with one count of deprivation of rights for reportedly kicking an innocent black man, Frank A. Baker, while a police dog attacked Baker in St. Paul, Minnesota on June 24, 2016.
The Star Tribune notes that a police dash cam video filmed the incident:
The video showed Palkowitsch kicking Baker three times as K-9 Falco bites and drags him on the ground.
Six officers stand around Baker. Palkowitsch kicks him in the midsection as Baker is given orders and cursed at.
“Get him, buddy,” an officer says at one point, presumably to Falco. “Get him, buddy. Good.”
Officer Brian Ficcadenti was the first to encounter Baker in a parked car behind a building. Ficcadenti ordered Baker out of the car. Baker obliged, but Ficcadenti wrote in his report that he eventually deployed his K-9, Falco, because Baker allegedly refused to walk toward him.
Palkowitsch could not be reached for comment.
Police Chief Todd Axtell fired Palkowitsch for the 2016 incident, but, by law, had to rehire him after an arbitrator ruled in 2017 that he should get his job back.
The city of St. Paul eventually reached a record $2 million settlement with Baker.
(Source: Star Tribune)
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