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5 St. Paul police officers fired for 'significant policy violations'

The officers were fired Thursday morning.

Five officers with the St. Paul Police Department have been fired for what Chief Todd Axtell called "significant policy violations." 

Axtell made the announcement during a Thursday press conference, saying the officers were terminated after failing to stop an assault. When and where the assault happened is unclear, but Axtell said it happened within the last year. 

Because of privacy laws, the names of the five officers haven't been released. 

"Officers are expected to intervene when criminal acts occur in their presence," Axtell said. "Officers are expected to protect the vulnerable. And officers are expected, I demand that officers tell the truth."

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter issued a statement following the announcement: 

"I fully support and appreciate Chief Axtell’s leadership and the work of our PCIARC to enforce strong ethical standards in our police department. While the vast majority of our officers meet and exceed these standards every day, the trust we place in them demands accountability for actions that fall below our high expectations.”

More details are expected to be released in time. 

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