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St. Paul police officer indicted for kicking innocent man

The 31-year-old officer is accused of a civil rights violation.

A St. Paul police officer has been indicted by a federal grand jury, accused of a civil rights violation in the kicking of an innocent man.

The city of St. Paul settled for $2 million with victim Frank Baker, who in June 2016 was mistaken for a crime suspect and had a K-9 officer bite into his leg, before he was kicked by Officer Brett Palkowitsch.

The then 52-year-old victim suffered fractured ribs, collapsed lungs and needed skin grafts for the dog bites. Palkowitsch said he believe Baker was armed when he kicked him.

On Wednesday, it was announced by the FBI that Palkowitsch, 31, has been indicted for using excessive force in the incident, and charged with one count of deprivation of rights – which is a civil rights crime.

According to the FBI, the officer "used unreasonable force when he kicked arrestee repeatedly while he was on the ground and in the grips of a police canine, resulting in bodily injury."

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The charges carried a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Palkowitsch was initially fired by St. Paul police chief Todd Axtell after the 2016 incident, only for him to be re-hired in 2017 following a recommendation by an arbitrator.

Following the indictment, St. Paul Police Department told the Star Tribune that Palkowitsch has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the case.

Here's footage of the attack.

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