Details emerge in Green Bay altercation involving 2 Mpls. cops

6:21 PM, Jul 30, 2013   |    comments
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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Details have emerged about an altercation in Green Bay last month that led to two Minneapolis cops being put on leave.

Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau placed Shawn Powell and Brian Thole on leave last week amid allegations that they used racial slurs after an altercation with a group of African American men in Green Bay.

Late Monday night, Green Bay Police released the incident report into what happened. As many as nine Green Bay officers allege Powell and Thole used racial slurs freely and often.

One Green Bay officer writes in the report, which had the names of the officers redacted, that one of the Minneapolis officers said, "Green Bay is too (racial slur) friendly."

And when Green Bay Police asked the officers about the altercation the Minneapolis officer said, "These dudes were doing their little monkey thing and they come up and said some (expletive) ... I (expletive) punched one of them."

All of the responding Green Bay police documented the anger shown by Powell and Thole when they realized a report was being filed.

One of them said the two told the Green Bay officers to "(expletive) off."

In the documents, a Green Bay officer reports one of the men said, "We have a lesbian (expletive) Chief that is looking to fire people for any reason."

Reports say Thole and Powell then went to the lobby of the Green Bay police department between 2 to 3 a.m. to complain the report was inaccurate, claiming they were jumped by the group of African American men.

But in that exchange too, a Green Bay officer documented the Minneapolis officers were yelling and upset.

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