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October 25, 2014

Second officer in cop-kicking video placed on leave

WCCO-TV reports a second officer related to the case where an officer kicked a suspect in the head was put on administrative leave. St. Paul police did not release the officer’s identity.

A St. Paul police union leader says the video that shows Officer Jesse Zilge kicking the head of 30-year-old Eric Ronnell Hightower of St. Paul is misleading, the Post-Bulletin reports. Dave Titus, President of the Saint Paul Police Federation, says the video doesn’t show how the officer may have felt threatened.

More details about what led to the confrontation are emerging, KARE 11 reports.

VIDEO WARNING: Video includes profanity

The video taken on the cell phone of a witness prompted St. Paul police to launch an internal investigation. Hightower was charged Thursday for stalking and threatening his ex-girlfried. Zilge is also on paid administrative leave.