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Report: Minneapolis police firing officers who used racial slurs in fight


Sources who asked to remain anonymous tell the Star Tribune two Minneapolis police officers have been fired after allegedly using racial slurs during an off-duty bar fight in Green Bay this summer.

As KSTP reports, Police Chief Janeé Harteau announced that a decision had been reached following an investigation of the incident. But Harteau said privacy laws prevented the release of any details.

The June 29 incident involved two white officers, Brian Thole and Shawn Powell, who were involved in an altercation with a group of African-American men outside a bar. Police responded and video from a dashboard camera captured the men using racial slurs and disparaging the sexual orientation of Chief Harteau, who is in a same-sex marriage.

After the video was released Harteau apologized for the officers' behavior, calling it appalling and saying it goes against what the department stands for.

Green Bay police later declined to forward the case to prosecutors for criminal charges.

A spokeswoman for the Minneapolis police department told the Star Tribune Tuesday that Thole and Powell remain on the payroll and are on a leave of absence.

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