St. Paul, Minnesota, police released a video (below) on Nov. 4 of a cop kicking an innocent black man who was also mauled by a police dog on June 24.
St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell announced on Nov. 7 that the officer, Brett Palkowitsch, is no longer employed, notes KSTP.
Axtell said the K-9 officer, Brian Ficcadenti, was suspended for 30 days.
The news station did not identify the black man, but The Free Thought project notes that his name is Frank Baker.
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Baker's lawyer, Robert Bennett, said the dog tore "hunks of flesh" and bit "down to the bone."
St. Paul Police Public Information Officer Sgt. Mike Ernster said on Nov. 4 that officers were responding to a call about a group of people fighting, one of whom was armed with a gun, reports KSTP.
Ernster said that Baker did not comply with officers' demands and was apprehended by the K-9 unit, and was kicked three times in the ribs by Palkowitsch.
The Free Thought Project posted graphic pictures of Baker's injuries and noted: "For over 4 months, police kept the dashcam of the incident secret, in an obvious attempt to cover their heinous attack."
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Axtell said that releasing the video -- four months after the incident --- was "the right thing to do," notes KTSP.
"After this incident, I met with the man injured in the video while he was still in the hospital," Axtell stated. "At that time, I assured and promised him a full review was being conducted. I met with him again today in my office and offered my deepest apologies on behalf of the police department."
Axtell wrote on Facebook on Nov. 4:
When I became chief, I promised to do everything possible to ensure that the people we serve have faith in their police department. I want you all to know that the video does not reflect the way we strive to do our jobs — day in, day out. This is not the Saint Paul way.
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