Eric Hightower, St. Paul police brutality victim, allegedly threatened to blow ex's head off

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Hightower was brutalized by police while being arrested for allegedly threatening to kill his ex.
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The 30-year-old man seen getting brutalized by police during a Tuesday evening arrest is accused of some serious crimes.

Eric Hightower has been charged with aggravated stalking, making terroristic threats, and fourth-degree criminal damage to property. He's allegedly made his 20-year-old ex-girlfriend's life a living hell since their child died a few hours after being born earlier this summer.

The woman played police a voicemail where Hightower can be heard saying, "You're about to get your motherfucking head blew the fuck off!" She says she left him in May after he beat her up, adding that things have only gotten worse since their child's death. In fact, she says she's recently moved to a different address in hopes of getting Hightower out of her life.

But Hightower apparently found out where she's living, and showed up there last Friday just before 10 p.m. He broke some windows at her home, prompting her to call 911.

On Tuesday, she called police to inform them they could find Hightower hanging out at Lewis Park. Officers went there to arrest him, which is when the apparent police brutality incident went down.

The Pioneer Press provides some information about Hightower's extensive criminal record:
Hightower's criminal history includes convictions for violating an order for protection, obstructing legal process and petty theft. He was charged in 2011 with fifth-degree drug possession and third-degree assault, and has pleaded guilty to both.

In the drug case, residents in the 800 block of Rice Street in St. Paul called 911 in July 2011 after they saw Hightower selling drugs in the alley. When one person told him to leave, he threatened to "beat his ass," according to the criminal complaint. Witnesses told police that Hightower started chasing people and grabbed a golf club someone was holding.

Police later found suspected crack and marijuana in Hightower's buttocks, the complaint said.

The assault case stemmed from an August 2011 incident in which Hightower greeted an acquaintance with, "What up, boy?" according to a criminal complaint. The man took offense at the term "boy" and they started to argue. The man told police that Hightower punched him in the face, knocking out his two front teeth.

Hightower is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 14 on both the drug and assault cases from 2011.
When confronted by police about his ex's allegations, Hightower reportedly confirmed that they haven't been getting along, but said his threats are only meant to scare her. He said his calls are intended to agitate her into calling him.

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paleblueeyes24
paleblueeyes24

I saw an interview with the ex he is stalking and she said she was happy that he finally got what he deserved. I guess her and one of the officers have been trying to get this guy for everything he was doing to her. I think he had a personal connection with this case and his emotions got the best of him unfortunately. If I was in her shoes I would be happy they got in a few licks.

ashleymalagant
ashleymalagant

I love when cops beat pieces of garbage. You guys should stick to actual cases of brutality. You look like ignorant monkeys.

KopKilla
KopKilla

and this pig just went on vacation (admin leave) GTFOH with that BS... St Paul Gov just rewarded him with a atta boy...

KopKilla
KopKilla

every single time I hear of a pig getting smoked, I break out the bubbly, discussions based on pig brutality are old, they just continue and continue.... Its been time to start busting back..

KopKilla
KopKilla

this is why its f the holice 24/7 and the only good pig is a dead pig

TheConservativeJerk
TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

Welcome to the Communist state where government has ALL the power...

yh8it
yh8it

Some folks sure love that whole due process thing at times of convience. At the time he was a SUSPECT in ALLEGEDLY making these threatening phone calls and breaking her windows. Did the officer know for a fact who he was or did he fit  a description? Furthermore his past is totally irrelevant. The fact that some folks have the audacity to make the police officers behavior ok is beyond me. 

Ran Tua
Ran Tua

St. Paul Cops Shoot Dog in Wrong-Door Raid, Force Handcuffed Kids to Sit Near the Corpse

Jonathon Richter
Jonathon Richter

This doesn't help St. Paul police, especially after that home raid a few weeks ago on the WRONG house and they STILL proceeded to find anything they could to justify it and save their asses. I haven't forgotten that either. Where'd that story go? Swept under the rug?

Kenneta Fabing
Kenneta Fabing

All we have is video. Very unsettling video, but that's all we have. If this man was being arrested for threatening the life of another, we have to take into account that we do not know if he was threatening the life of the officers as well. The kick...wow, I agree that was a bit much if he was already down. At the end of the day, cops are only human, and even with the high expectation we have that they are disciplined enough to handle their emotions, some could say the same about parents who loose their cool, too. That being said, I also believe that when an officer exhibits more force than necessary for that specific situation, there should be consequences.

Jonathon Richter
Jonathon Richter

Bryan, what I'm defending isn't the man, but the protection the law is supposed to provide suspects in cases of which they are accused of a crime. I don't give a damn about the man, what I care about are the rights he and I share, and when his are violated, why can't mine be violated by the police? What's stopping them?

Bryan Corbett
Bryan Corbett

i agree that the kick was too far. But in my opinion for everyone posting on this website to be up in arms that it happened in this case is ridiculous.

Ran Tua
Ran Tua

Assault in others? ? He was protected when he kicked the dude the Guy was on the ground! !

Ran Tua
Ran Tua

Bryan Corbett I understand that the dude is a criminal ...and needed to be arrested what I don't understand is the kick to the chest...arrest the nigga...thats fine but when your kicking people who are on the ground that's too far

Ran Tua
Ran Tua

Bryan Corbett I understand that the dude is a criminal ...and needed to be arrested what I don't understand is the kick to the chest...arrest the nigga...thats fine but when your kicking people who are on the ground that's too far

Christine Sholl
Christine Sholl

This guy is a proven danger to society. His record is quite long including assault in others. I'd want to protect myself and take no chances with him.

Ran Tua
Ran Tua

No matter what the kick to the chest was above and beyond the call of duty

Bryan Corbett
Bryan Corbett

@Dana Maher I agree, but everyone keeps saying that cops are not held accountable, which is not true. Because of videos like this, they get fired a lot more now than they used to. But if this guys was threatening the cop and using force before the record button was hit I don't know if what the cop did was wrong.

Ran Tua
Ran Tua

That kick to the chest was vicious! ! I'm about to watch it again ...got daumn!!

Ran Tua
Ran Tua

That kick to the chest was vicious! ! I'm about to watch it again ...got daumn!!

Dana Elyse Nicole Maher
Dana Elyse Nicole Maher

Police officers have a job. It doesn't state in their job description to use unnecessary force on an individual, regardless of whether that person isn't quite a model citizen himself. THEY are TRAINED to keep their cool in such situations, and they should be reprimanded for doing their job incorrectly, just as in any other work field.

Bryan Corbett
Bryan Corbett

Seriously?! still taking this pile of craps side?! Unbelievable! This guy beats up a woman, she breaks up with him, then he leaves a voicemail saying he will blow her head off, goes to her house breaks windows and you people think the cop should have been nicer to him? I don't understand this.

Dan Zeug
Dan Zeug

police can beat me up if they want to write me a check, just saying

Dan Zeug
Dan Zeug

police can beat me up if they want to write me a check, just saying

Jonathon Richter
Jonathon Richter

He's not a model citizen, but damnit that's all the more reason to show restraint in this situation so these brutality cases can't have a chance to come up.

Jonathon Richter
Jonathon Richter

Bad as that is, it's still only an allegation, and the law is still supposed operate under the assumption of innocent until proven guilty. The show of force by the officer was still unnecessary, especially when the suspect was not hostile until he got kicked on the ground.

paleblueeyes24
paleblueeyes24

@KopKilla Remember that the next time you need help and call law enforcement. You shouldn't condemn all officers for something one did.

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