Former St. Paul officer sentenced to six years in prison in beating of unarmed Black man

Former St. Paul officer sentenced to six years in prison in beating of unarmed Black man

A former St.Paul police officer was sentenced to six years in prison for beating an unarmed Black man. 

Brett Palkowitsch was sentenced on Friday after being found guilty of using excessive force against an unarmed civilian, according to a statement by the Justice Department. 

Palkowitsch had been among a contingent of police officers responding to a 911 call in 2019 that reported an unidentified Black man had been involved in a street fight and was carrying a gun. When police arrived, they found Frank Baker, who matched a description, talking on his cellphone in a car. 

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When an officer yelled at Baker to get out of his car, he release a K-9 on him, which began mauling his leg. Evidence presented at the trial showed Palkowitsch had kicked Baker in the ribs, and caused both of his lungs to collapse, placing him in critical condition.

Baker was not found to have been involved in any fight and was not armed.

Two fellow police officers reported Palkowitsch to the department and later testified against him during the trial.

 

Palkowitsch waived his right to appeal his conviction and apologized for his use of excessive force.