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2 Mpls. Police Officers Placed On Administrative Leave

Sources Say It's In Connection To An Incident At A Wis. Bar
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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minneapolis Police Department announced Friday afternoon that two of its police officers have been placed on administrative leave and there is an active internal affairs investigation.

Sources confirmed with WCCO that the two officers were placed on leave in connection to an incident in Green Bay, Wis. last month.

According to the sources, off-duty officers Brian Thole and Shawn Powell – who are both white – were at a bar in Green Bay on June 29 where they got into an argument with two black men and used racial slurs.

When Green Bay Police arrived and later questioned the officers, sources say while they explained what happened, used racial slurs, referred to Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau’s sexuality and used a sexually derogatory term for a woman.

Powell is a former Green Bay police officer.

Minneapolis Police spokeswoman Cyndi Barrington says police will release information in the future “if or when legally permissible to do so.”

Green Bay Police are not commenting on the incident.

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