Second officer in cop-kicking video placed on leave

A second officer related to a YouTube video that prompted an investigation by police was put on administrative leave. The President of the St. Paul police union calls the video that captures the officer's actions calles the video "misleading."
Author:
Publish date:

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.

Next Up

Related

St. Paul man in cop-kick video jumps out window evading officers

A man who was seen on a YouTube video being kicked by a St. Paul officer in August has had another run-in with police. Police say he jumped out a window at a motel early Monday after police came to the door in response to a call about a fight. He was taken to the hospital and has been arrested on suspicion of violating a no-contact order – for the second time.

St. Paul officers in YouTube arrest video back at work, not on patrol

Two St. Paul police officers are no longer on paid administrative leave while an internal investigation of police brutality continues, the Pioneer Press reports. Both men were placed on leave last month after a controversial video posted to YouTube showed one of them kicking a suspect during an arrest. A police spokesman says officer Jesse Zilge and officer Matthew Gorans have been assigned to non-patrol duties.

3 officers placed on leave after Richfield fatal shooting

Three Richfield police officers were placed on paid administrative leave following the fatal shooting of 25-year-old Jeffrey O'Conner. Authorities say O'Conner was mentally disturbed and wielding a knife when an officer was forced to shoot him Friday.