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Judge says Duluth officer who dragged handcuffed man will keep his job

A screenshot from Duluth Police Department body camera footage shows Adam Huot dragging a man through the skywalk in downtown Duluth.

DULUTH -- A judge refused to overturn a ruling that gave a Duluth police officer his job back after he was fired for dragging a handcuffed man through the downtown Duluth skywalk system in May 2017.

Sixth Judicial District Judge Eric Hylden denied the city’s motion to vacate an arbitration award reinstating officer Adam Huot. City officials moved to terminate Huot, a nine-year veteran with a history of excessive-force complaints, in wake of the incident, but the Duluth Police Union contested the move.

Hylden, in a 14-page order dated Friday, Dec. 28, was critical of Huot’s actions but said he did not have grounds under existing case law to override the arbitration process that is mandated in the collective-bargaining agreement between the city and its officers.

Duluth City Attorney Gunnar Johnson said the decision will be appealed.