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 way of tears throughout the sentencing listening to earlier than U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina Wright, Minnesota Public Radio reported. He mentioned he can be prepared to place himself in entrance of future officers to verify “they know right from wrong, and how quick it can happen, and make sure it never happens again.”
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 respiratory.
“We’ve got this COVID-19 going on, and my lungs are messed up, so it’s like I’m a prisoner in my own home,” Baker instructed the radio community. “I can’t go out because I’m primed to catch anything because of my lungs.”
Hayley Miller contributed reporting.
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