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Firing of two MN cops after Green Bay incident upheld

MINNEAPOLIS (WTAQ) - A city commission in Minneapolis has upheld the firings of two police officers for causing a racially charged off-duty incident when they were in Green Bay.

Officers Brian Thole and Shawn Powell were terminated last year. That was after they exchanged words with a group of black men, and got into a fight outside a Green Bay night club last June 29th.

A short time later, the white officers went to Green Bay's police headquarters and made racial slurs.

Powell and Thole reportedly asked the city's officers not to include their names in any reports about the incident, saying their female police chief -- Janee Harteau -- was a lesbian looking to fire people.

The police union did not challenge the firings of Powell and Thole, but they did trigger an automatic appeal process.

The chief said the Minneapolis Civil Service Commission upheld the terminations last week.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)