Skip to main content

Prosecutor considers charges against officers in St. Paul arrest video

The Olmsted County Attorney's Office is reviewing the case involving a St. Paul officer that kicked a suspect during an arrest. A prosecutor will determine whether of not the officer in a video captured by a witness, along with another officer related to the case, should face charges.
  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

The Olmstead County Attorney's Office is reviewing the case involving a St. Paul officer that kicked a suspect during an arrest.

The Pioneer Press reports the case was transferred from Ramsey County to Olmsted County to avoid any conflict of interest. A prosecutor will decide whether or not to charge the officers involved.

The video taken by a witness shows Officer Jesse Zilge kick the head of 30-year-old Eric Ronnell Hightower in St. Paul last month.

WARNING: Video includes profanity

Zilge and a second officer involved in the arrest, Matthew Gorans, were placed on paid administrative leave and have returned to non-patrol duties.

Hightower was charged after the controversial arrest and pleaded not guilty to aggravated stalking, terroristic threats and criminal damage to property. Hightower had another run-in with police last Monday after jumping out a window at the Highway Motel in St. Paul.

Next Up

fire pixabay stock

1 dead, 1 escapes western Wisconsin house fire

The single-story home was fully engulfed in flames when first responders arrived early Wednesday morning.

Wind storms tree

Rare 'particularly dangerous situation' weather watch issued in SW MN

The warning covers an area of Minnesota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Nebraska.

fire, firefighter

Dad and 2 children killed in western Wisconsin house fire

A devastating house fire happened early Thursday morning.

Screen Shot 2020-08-14 at 6.45.53 PM

2 suspects involved in Brooklyn Park armed carjacking

The incident happened Wednesday night near a shopping center and Cub.

Alexander Odegaard

Man sentenced to more than 10 years in prison for child pornography

Alexander John Odegaard was sentenced in U.S. District Court Tuesday.

Screen Shot 2022-05-12 at 12.15.21 PM

Victim in I-90 crash was storm-chasing meteorologist from Mexico

Martha Llanos Rodriguez died in the wreck on I-90.

Minnesota State Fair - main gate day 2021

Tickets still available for Minnesota State Fair preview event

The five-day Minnesota State Fair taster event, featuring over 30 food and drink vendors, is making its return at the end of the month.

Screen Shot 2022-05-12 at 11.47.44 AM

Woman critical after boyfriend stabs her in neck at light rail station

The boyfriend of the victim is said to have stabbed her, according to St. Paul Police.

Female wolf illegally killed by poachers within Voyageurs Wolf Project.

Female wolf illegally killed in Voyageurs National Park

Researchers for the project said this is the fourth collared wolf that has been illegally killed in the past two years by poachers.

116 E 22nd Ext

Gallery: Beautiful English-style home showcases grandeur of an earlier era

Located across Washburn Park and the Minneapolis Institute of Art

covid

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Thursday, May 12

Eleven new deaths reported in today's update.

Related

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.

St. Paul investigates video of police brutality, man kicked in head charged

A video showing a St. Paul police officer kicking a suspect lying on the sidewalk has sparked a police brutality investigation. Mayor Chris Coleman says the video raises serious questions and says he spoke with Police Chief Thomas Smith, who then launched the investigation.

Man kicked by St. Paul police in video pleads not guilty to charges

The St. Paul man at the center of a police brutality investigation has pleaded not guilty to aggravated stalking, terroristic threats and criminal damage to property, reports the Pioneer Press.

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.

Community leaders decry violent St. Paul police arrest caught on video

A coalition of five black civic and religious leaders assembled in St. Paul Saturday to denounce the violent arrest of a man in the North End Park earlier this week. The arrest of 30-year-old Eric Ronnell Hightower Tuesday was captured on video by a friend an uploaded on YouTube.

Officer in kicking video disciplined in previous case

The St. Paul police officer who was filmed kicking a man in a video posted to YouTube was discipled after shoving an 18-year-old to the ground when he was working as a St. Paul Park police officer in 2006.

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."