A St. Paul police officer was reinstated on April 5, 2017. Arbitrator Richard Miller issued a decision reinstating St. Paul Police Officer and St. Paul Police Federation member Brett Palkowitsch, who was terminated on November 3, 2016 for allegedly using excessive force.
On Friday, May 13, 2016 the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit issued an order upholding a decision of the United States District Court (Hon. David Doty) vacating a portion of an arbitration award issued on July 18, 2014.
In December 2014, Chris Wachtler and Minnesota Nurses Association representative Abram Isaacs traveled to far northern Minnesota to arbitrate health care contribution and salary issues with the Cook County Hospital.
Chris Wachtler and Minnesota Nurses Association successful in achieving Registered Nurse’s reinstatement following termination from Sanford Health in thief River Falls, Minnesota
The following will be appearing in the March edition of the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association newsletter. The case was arbitrated over a two-day period in July 2013, with Chris Wachtler representing the Minnesota Conservation Officers Association. The Association was successful in getting demoted Conservation Officer Don Murray reinstated to his Lieutenant’s position, and the state of Minnesota was ordered to reimburse him for full back pay and costs incurred relocating across the state following his demotion.
There is a decision on the fate of a St. Paul Police officer caught on camera pepper spraying a suspect. In July, video was released that showed suspect Eric Hightower in the back of a squad car during an arrest. In the squad car video, you can see Officer Matt Gorans pepper-spraying Hightower. Hightower’s arrest occurred in August of 2012.
Squad car video released by St. Paul police shows what happened in the back of a squad on Aug. 28, 2012, during the arrest of Eric Hightower. The audio starts at the 30-second mark. Officer Matthew Gorans is seen entering the back of the squad car at the 54-second mark. Gorans sprays Hightower with pepper spray at the 1 minute, 10 second mark. Soon after, the drive to the jail begins, with Hightower screaming during the drive. Hightower gets out of the squad at the jail at the eight-minute mark. This video contains strong language.
The St. Paul Police Federation is suing the city of St. Paul for releasing video this week depicting an officer pepper spraying a suspect in the ear during an arrest.
The police federation on behalf of officer Matthew Gorans served the suit to the city Thursday saying that Minnesota Statute says that the police department could not release photos or video of an officer without permission from that officer.