Friday, November 4, 2016

Innocent black man injured by Minnesota police, dog - Update

Two police officers in Minnesota have been disciplined for a June incident in which a black man was kicked repeatedly by an officer while being bitten by a police dog. 53-year-old Frank Baker suffered broken ribs, collapsed lungs and serious bites to his leg, and needed several surgeries and skin grafts.

The officer identified as kicking Baker, Brett Palkowitsch, was put on unpaid leave. The dog’s handling officer, Brian Ficcadenti, was given a 30-day suspension. The St. Paul police union said the video lacked context. Baker was initially cited for obstructing legal process, a misdemeanour.

A police spokesman said today that Palkowitsch was no longer employed by the department.