Two Minneapolis police officers have come under fire due to their behavior last month in Wisconsin.
On June 29, Officers Brian Thole and Shawn Powell were involved in a dispute with officers in Green Bay Wisconsin. Green Bay officers were called to an intersection due to a public disturbance. When they reached the location, they found that two groups of people were fighting in the middle of the street, and they tried to break up the fight and ordered everyone to get out of the middle of the road. According to police reports, Thole and Powell were part of this disturbance, and instead of obeying orders from the local police, these drunk and belligerent officers told the Green Bay officers that they were a joke and they didn’t know anything about how to be “real police.” They repeatedly used racial slurs, including calling a group of people “monkies.” When one African American drove past them, Thole and Powell told the Green Bay officers that the problem with Green Bay was that it was too ‘N—-r friendly,’ and that ‘this type of thing doesn’t happen in Minneapolis’.
Thole and Powell refused to give the Green Bay officers any respect, instead bragging that they had punched one of the African American men. When these officers said that they were going to write up the incident, Thole and Powell complained, saying “We have a lesbian f—king chief that’s looking to fire people for any reason. A portion of the incident was filmed on police Dash Cam and can be seen by visiting the following link-
Both the Chief of Police, Janee Harteau, and Mayor R.T. Rybak have expressed disgust at the recent behavior of these two Minneapolis police officers. Rybak has said that this behavior does not reflect the Minneapolis Police Department as he knows it, and that he is confident that Chief Harteau will take care of the incident appropriately. Chief Harteau has said that the behavior was appalling, and has issued a public apology to the community on behalf of the Minneapolis Police Department. It is unclear at this juncture what type of disciplinary action may be in store for these officers.For more information about Chief of Police Harteau, see the following link-
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