Mayor, police chief outraged over cops' behavior

9:02 AM, Jul 31, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - Mayor R.T. Rybak and Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau are both expressing outrage at the behavior of two Minneapolis police officers in Green Bay, Wis.

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.

Mayor Rybak released the following statement, "I was appalled and disgusted by the behavior of two Minneapolis police officers that I saw on the video from Green Bay. The actions, language and behavior I saw in no way reflect the values of a department paid to protect and serve our community. I will await the results of the internal investigation and I am confident that Chief Harteau will take all appropriate action."

Chief Harteau's statement was also released earlier today: "What I saw and heard on the video posted on several news websites involving these two officers is appalling and goes against everything we stand for. The type of behavior exhibited on the public video significantly damages public trust. Every member of this department and community deserves better. I would also like to extend my apologies to the community and the Green Bay Police Department. I am not able to comment further at this time because of data privacy laws."

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