The fight to change offensive sports team nicknames has been waging for decades. In fact, protests took place during the Twins’ 1991 World Series against the Atlanta Braves, as well as Washington’s appearance when Minnesota hosted the 1992 Super Bowl.
Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau met with a Citizen’s Advisory Council this afternoon to talk about the recent race-related problems involving a handful of officers. Off-duty officers allegedly used racial slurs during recent bar fights in both Green Bay and Apple Valley.
Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau is promising decisive action after the investigations are complete into off duty officers’ conduct on two separate occasions.
One week after two Minneapolis Police officers were suspended after being accused of using racial slurs in Green Bay, three other officers are accused of using racial slurs in another bar fight. The latest instance occurred last November in Apple Valley. Police paperwork shows there are again accusations of racial slurs, but the officers involved deny using such language. The Apple Valley incident unfolded at Bogart’s Place, when group of white men walked out of the bar, three of which are said to be off-duty officers: Andrew Allen, Christopher Bennett and William Woodis.
Video released Monday shows Minneapolis Police Officers Brian Thole and Shawn Powell telling Green Bay Police about a fight with a group of black men in late June – an incident that resulted in both officers being placed on paid administrative leave. When Green Bay Police arrived, dash cam video shows off-duty officers Thole and Powell in the middle of a confrontation – which they continue to pursue even after police try and break it up.