"He [Axtell] deserves credit for doing the right thing. "This man was not treated like a human," said Tyrone Terrill, who chairs the St. The video, he said, called up memories of black people being attacked by police dogs in Alabama during the civil rights movement of the 1960s.
Axtell said the department's put into place new training as a result of the incident and that history will show "that this investigation was done right." Department leaders, he added, would "do everything in our power to make sure that this doesn't happen again in the city of St.
The rib kicks led to collapsed lungs, "all without any probable cause to believe Mr.
Baker had committed any crime whatsoever," he said.
In a letter to Ficcadenti detailing his suspension, Axtell took the officer to task for his tactics, listed multiple violations of department policy and called the officer's decisions and conclusions that night "troubling." Failure to control the K-9 led to "serious injury and permanent disfiguration of the citizen's leg," he added.