Recent Police Misconduct Settlement by Robert Bennett, Andrew Noel and Katie Bennett Marks Largest in St. Paul’s History
Robert Bennett, Andrew Noel and Katie Bennett recently settled the federal civil rights action stemming from Frank Baker’s encounter with St. Paul Police officers on June 24, 2016. Video footage of the incident shows Baker being viciously attacked by St. Paul Police officer Ficcadenti’s police K9 and kicked three times in the ribs by officer Palkowitsch, while he was trying to comply with the officers’ orders. Baker sustained serious injuries and spent 14 days in the hospital as a result. He underwent skin grafts and other surgical procedures on his leg that was ripped apart by the K9. Further, Baker suffered broken ribs and collapsed lungs as a result of the kicks. On Wednesday, April 5, 2017, the St. Paul City Council unanimously approved a $2 million settlement for Baker. This settlement marks the largest police brutality settlement in the city’s history.