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Harteau apologizes for officers' behavior in Green Bay video

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KSTP reports Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau is apologizing Tuesday after a video showing two officers involved in an altercation in Green Bay, Wis. was released.

The two officers, who are both white men, are accused of using racial slurs during an argument with black men. The police dash-camera video that surfaced Monday shows Brian Thole and Shawn Powell, who were off duty at the time, talking with Green Bay police officers about what had happened.

"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," Harteau said in a statement. "I would also like to extend my apologies to the community and Green Bay Police Department."

The two have been put on leave while an investigation is being conducted by internal affairs.

One city official is calling for the officers' resignation.

Thole and Powell used racial slurs when describing the men with whom they were arguing, according to a police report, WCCO reports. WCCO notes that the video appears to show the two officers attempting to pursue their confrontation with the black men.

“We (expletive) were walking down the street and these dudes were doing their little monkey thing,” one of the Minneapolis officers said.

As many as nine Green Bay officers say Powell and Thole used racial slurs freely and often, according to the police report, KARE 11 reports. KSTP links to a number of pages from the police report itself.

When one of the Green Bay officers tries to tell the officers that they have nothing to fear if they did nothing wrong, Thole reportedly says, “Are you kidding me? We have a lesbian, (expletive) chief that’s looking for any reason ... We’ll never come back."

One of the officers also calls the Green Bay police a “clown show,” the Star Tribune notes.

The Star Tribune also has reported that the two officers have also each been named in recent excessive force lawsuits.

WCCO's report includes clips from the dash-cam video.

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