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St. Paul City Council Approves $2 Million Settlement with Frank Baker

April 05, 2017 07:04 PM

The St. Paul City Council unanimously approved a $2 million settlement Wednesday with a man who was seriously injured in a 2016 incident with St. Paul police.

The settlement was agreed upon by Frank Baker, his lawyer and the city attorney after months of negotiations.

It is the largest settlement in city history. Baker will be paid for damages, medical costs and legal fees.

RELATED: Arbitrator Reduces Punishment for St. Paul Police Officer in Baker Case

In June of 2016, officers responded to a tip call about a group of individuals who were likely armed outside an apartment building on East 7th Street. 

According to the civil lawsuit filed by Baker, the officers misidentified Baker as one of the people involved in the group the initial call was about.

On dash camera video, a police K-9 officer is seen taking Baker to the ground. Seconds later, the video shows a patrol office kicking Baker in the ribs.

The money paid to Baker will come from the City of St. Paul's tort liability fund. The city, however, budgeted for about $720,000.

St. Paul Finance Director Todd Hurley said his department will now have to monitor spending and revenues. Depending on the results, a budget amendment could be requested in the fourth quarter.

Dan Bostrom, a city council member, discussed the settlement with 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS before the meeting.

"This one of those situations that you just have to suck it up and do what you have to do," Bostrom said. "Whether you like it or not, it's the right thing to do."

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