ST. PAUL, Minn. - The FBI is reviewing an arrest made by a St. Paul Police officer to determine if there were any federal laws broken.
The incident, which happened August 28th was videotaped and posted to YouTube. It shows Officer Jesse Zilge kicking a suspect.
FBI spokesperson Kyle Loven called the inquiry "customary" but would not say how long the review has been going on or when it will be complete.
"We're in the process of taking a look," he said.
YouTube video shows Zilge kicking Eric Hightower and then slamming him to the hood of a squad car last week.
Hightower was arrested for allegedly threatening his ex-girlfriend. He has been charged with stalking her, damaging her bedroom window, and making terroristic threats.
The arrest isn't the only incident that has caused Zilge's superiors to question his behavior.
In 2006 when Zilge was an officer with St. Paul Park Police Department he threw a suspect to the ground, according to police records.
"He like pie-faced him, grabbed him by the head and threw him to the ground," said Lisa Suchier.
Suchier says she was arriving home near her house on Portland Avenue in February 2006 when Zilge slammed her 18-year old son Troy Drusch to the ground.
Zilge was apparently questioning him about a stolen car.
The incident got the attention of St. Paul Park Police Chief Michael Monahan who recommended Zilge go through additional "use of force" and "constitutional law training".
Monahan also recommended an extension of Zilge's probation by six months.
After seeing the YouTube video of Zilge's treatment of Eric Hightower recently, Suchier wonders why Zilge would even be hired by St. Paul Police. But her son is not as critical as her mother.
Drusch is in prison for possession of a firearm and by phone told KARE 11 both he and Zilge were saying things they shouldn't have.
"I was 18. I was a trouble maker. Like I said I don't like police so I wouldn't be a cop but me being in his position I probably would have done the same thing," said Drusch.
St. Paul Police spokesperson Howie Padilla says the department cannot comment about Zilge or his employment because of an internal investigation. He says in general there are several reasons why an officer may not be hired, including criminal convictions, improper licensing, or if the officer was dismissed from a previous employer.
When it comes to past disciplinary action, Padilla says, they look at the totality of an applicants' work experience.
KARE 11 attempted to talk to Zilge Wednesday through his union, the St. Paul Police Federation, but no one was available.
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