St. Paul officer seen on video kicking man

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  • ST. PAUL, Minn. -- An investigation is underway following an arrest in St. Paul caught on tape and posted on YouTube (warning: video contains foul language).

    The video, which was recorded by a citizen Tuesday night, shows an officer kicking a man while he was lying on the ground during an arrest.

    Police spokesman Howie Padilla says Chief Thomas Smith immediately ordered an internal investigation after he saw the video, which was posted to YouTube on Wednesday.

    "The Chief has made it clear throughout the day what he really wants to do is find out the answers, find out what happened before the video was taken and what happened during the arrest," Padilla said.

    While several officers were shown on the video, the officer identified as kicking the suspect has been placed on leave.

    "The video of a St. Paul police officer striking a suspect raises serious questions about the conduct of the officer," said St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman in a statement released Wednesday afternoon.

    "I spoke to police chief Tom Smith and he has begun a full investigation," Coleman added.  "I have high expectations for the department and its employees.  We will fully investigate and take appropriate action."

    Police say the man arrested had threatened to kill a woman he knew.  He was still in custody Wednesday night pending formal charges.

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