St. Paul officer seen kicking man in video is no longer employed by the department

- The St. Paul police officer who was seen kicking a man in a video is no longer employed by the department, according to Chief Axtell.

On Monday, Axtell released this statement on Facebook,

“We would like to clarify some information about the officers involved in this incident. Officer Brian Ficcadenti has received a 30-day unpaid suspension, effective Thursday, Nov. 3.

Mr. Brett Palkowitsch is no longer employed by the Saint Paul Police Department. We can confirm that there is a complaint and open investigation. State law does not allow me to provide details about the complaint or the investigation.

Thank you.”

The St. Paul Police Department released the video on Friday and police chief, Todd Axtell issued a public apology.

“As St. Paul’s police chief, I’m disappointed and upset by what the video shows. As a person who deeply cares about this community and our department, I’m profoundly saddened,” Chief Axtell said. “I am releasing this video today because it’s the right thing to do. Our community has a right to know what’s happening with their police department. For me, it’s about transparency. It’s about honoring the trust that our public has in its department, its officers and myself.”

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