Chief Harteau: MPD ‘No Place For Racism Or Discrimination’

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau issued a statement Friday afternoon regarding her department’s stand on racism and discriminatory behavior after two off-duty Minneapolis Police officers were involved in a racially-charged incident in Green Bay, Wis. in June.

Chief Harteau says the conduct of Officers Brian Thole and Shawn Powell “overshadows” the work of her department and her staff, and will not be allowed.

“The bottom line is that there is no place for racism or discrimination of any kind within the MPD. It will not be tolerated, period. You can trust that I will ensure all incidents are investigated completely and when misconduct is found my response will be decisive,” Harteau said.

Chief Harteau added that her department will be working closely with Minneapolis’ Civil Rights Director Velma Korbel in the coming weeks.

She also announced that the new Police Conduct Oversight Commission will begin work in September.

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