Man Kicked By Cop In YouTube Video Charged With Stalking Ex-Girlfriend

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Saint Paul police brutality youtube Eric HightowerMINNEAPOLIS — A man whose apparently violent arrest by a Minnesota police officer was caught on video has been charged with stalking and making terroristic threats.

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Thirty-year-old Eric Hightower (pictured on ground) was charged Thursday in St. Paul. The complaint says Hightower threatened to kill his ex-girlfriend and had assaulted her before.

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The jail would not accept a message for Hightower. The complaint says he admitted calling the woman and threatening that she’d get her “head blown off,” but that he only meant to scare her.

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Hightower was arrested Tuesday. During the arrest, Officer Jesse Zilge sprayed Hightower with a chemical and kicked him. The arrest was videoed by a citizen and posted on YouTube.

The department has launched an internal investigation and Zilge has been placed on leave.

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