Arbitrator Reinstates St. Paul Officer Fired for Kicking Man
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) -- An arbitrator has ruled that a St. Paul police officer
who was fired after being shown on video kicking a man should be reinstated.
But the arbitrator agreed that the officer, Brett Palkowitsch, should receive a
The decision was announced Wednesday, the same day the St. Paul City Council is to vote on a record $2 million settlement with Frank Baker, the man who was kicked by Palkowitsch and badly bitten by a police dog last June.
In a statement, St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell said he remains
``disappointed that an officer used excessive force, put his colleagues' safety
in jeopardy and severely injured an innocent man.''
St. Paul Police Federation President Dave Titus says Palkowitsch looks forward
to returning to duty.