Officer From Kicking Video No Longer With St. Paul Police
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The St. Paul Police Department now says an officer who was shown on video kicking a man during an incident that led to an apology from the police chief no longer works for the department.
On Friday, the department said Brett Palkowitsch had been put on unpaid leave starting Thursday. But on Monday police spokesman Steve Linders clarified that Palkowitsch is no longer employed there. Linders says state law prohibits him from saying whether Palkowitsch was fired or resigned.
While he says Palkowitsch remains the subject of an internal affairs investigation, he wouldn't say if that inquiry resulted from a June incident in which a black man, 53-year-old Frank Baker, was badly bitten by a police dog and kicked by Palkowitsch. The dog's handler was suspended for 30 days.