MINNEAPOLIS, MN – A panel of Minnesota appeals judges heard arguments Thursday for and against reinstating a former Duluth Police officer accused of using excessive force.
Body camera video from May 2017 shows officer Adam Huot dragging a handcuffed man about 90 feet in Duluth’s skywalk system causing the man to hit his head on a steel door frame.
The man wasn’t seriously hurt, but footage showed Huot making no effort to check the man for injuries afterwards.
In December, St. Louis County judge Eric Hylden sided with an arbitrator’s ruling to give Huot his job back.
The Police Union stated while Huot’s actions were inappropriate, they did not justify his termination.
Police Chief Mike Tusken said the actions violated the department’s use of force policy.
The city appealed that ruling earlier this year.
On Thursday, the appeals panel, consisting of Judges Peter Reyes, James Florey and Tracy Smith, heard from the Duluth Police Union, Local No. 807 and Duluth city attorneys.
A decision is expected within 90 days.