St. Paul Officer Who Let Police Dog Maul Black Man Sentenced To 6 Years In Prison

Written by on May 23, 2021

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A federal choose sentenced a former St. Paul police officer Friday to 6 years in jail for kicking a suspect and permitting a police canine to maul him.

Brett Palkowitsch, 33, apologized by means of tears throughout the sentencing listening to earlier than U.S. District Decide Wilhelmina Wright, Minnesota Public Radio reported. He mentioned he can be keen to place himself in entrance of future officers to ensure “they know proper from unsuitable, and the way fast it may occur, and ensure it by no means occurs once more.”

A federal jury in 2019 discovered Palkowitsch, who’s white, responsible of kicking Frank Baker, a Black man, and letting a police canine maul him in 2016 after Baker was mistaken for a theft suspect. Baker suffered seven damaged ribs and collapsed lungs.

Baker mentioned he forgives Palkowitsch however wouldn’t settle for his apology. He mentioned he nonetheless has hassle respiration.

“We’ve obtained this COVID-19 happening, and my lungs are tousled, so it’s like I’m a prisoner in my own residence,” Baker instructed the radio community. “I can’t exit as a result of I’m primed to catch something due to my lungs.”

Hayley Miller contributed reporting.

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