, Minn. (AP) — A federal judge sentenced a former St. Paul police
officer to six years in prison on Friday for kicking a suspect and letting a police dog
According to Minnesota
Public Radio, Brett Palkowitsch, 33, apologized through tears during his sentencing hearing before U.S. District Judge Wilhelmina Wright, saying he would be willing to put himself in front of future officers to ensure “they know right from wrong, and how quickly it can happen, and make sure it never happens again.”
Palkowitsch, who is white, was found guilty in 2019 by a federal jury of kicking Frank Baker, a Black man, and allowing a police dog to maul him in 2016 after Baker was mistaken for a robbery suspect. Baker suffered seven broken ribs and collapsed lungs as a result of the incident.
Baker stated that he forgives Palkowitsch but will not accept his apology, and that he still has breathing difficulties.
“We have this COVID-19
going on, and my lungs are messed up, so it’s like I’m a prisoner in my own home,” Baker told the radio network, adding, “I can’t go out because I’m primed to catch anything because of my lungs.”
Reporting was provided by Hayley Miller.