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Associated Press, Published August 30 2012

Union: Violent St. Paul arrest video lacks context

ST. PAUL — The president of the St. Paul police union says a citizen video showing an officer kicking a suspect is misleading.

Officer Jesse Zilge was put on leave after the video of Tuesday's arrest was made public. Zilge arrested a man who had been accused of threatening a former girlfriend.

Dave Titus, president of the Saint Paul Police Federation, says the video doesn't give the complete context of the arrest. Titus says it doesn't show how the officer may have felt threatened.

Titus says people should wait for the city's investigation to finish before judging the officer.

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