Mpls. police union wants to be part of effort to rebuild public trust

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Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau is expected to say more Monday about the department's plan to start a dialogue with the public following news that off-duty officers were involved in racially charged confrontations.

Meanwhile, the police officers' union announced Sunday that it wants to be part of the discussion. The Pioneer Press reports the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis issued a statement saying there's no place for racist or bigoted officers in the department.

Five officers are being investigated after two separate incidents in which off-duty policemen who are white got into racially charged bar fights with African-American men. In a Green Bay, Wisc., incident last month a dashboard camera captured the officers using racial epithets after the confrontation. Last week the Star Tribune reported two officers pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct after a confrontation in Apple Valley late last year.

Civil rights activist Ron Edwards told the Star Tribune Sunday he supports the union's involvement in talks with leaders of the African-American community which Harteau suggested on Friday. A spokesman for Harteau tells the newspaper the chief will meet with reporters Monday.

Harteau predecessor Tim Dolan, who retired as chief last year, tells Fox 9 the incidents make the Minneapolis police - and the whole profession - look bad. Dolan says racism is everywhere and people who deny it are not living in reality.

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