Firing upheld of two Minneapolis officers for GB incident

File photo of police emergency lights.
File photo.

A decision to fire two Minneapolis police officers for a fight in Green Bay has been upheld by the Minneapolis Civil Service Commission, Police Chief Janee Harteau announced Monday.

Brian Thole and Shawn Powell were off-duty when visiting Green Bay – and got into a scuffle with a group of black men downtown. The officers allegedly used racial and other slurs. When they didn’t think Green Bay police were taking the matter seriously, they went to police headquarters, demanding action. They were not charged but Green Bay police sent details of the incident to Minneapolis.

Chief Harteau fired the two in December, and that decision was reviewed by the civil service commission.

“It is never easy to face the decision to terminate one’s employment and I don’t take that responsibility lightly. However, please be assured of my commitment to take every step possible to ensure the public trust necessary to an effective police force and the community it serves.  This decision is indicative of the Minneapolis Police Department’s continued focus on a culture of accountability. We appreciate the patience members of the community and members of the MPD have shown throughout this lengthy process,” Harteau said in a statement.

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