Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau has fired two white police officers who scuffled with a group of black men, then used racial slurs while berating local police investigating last summer's incident in Green Bay, Wis., reports the Minneapolis Star Tribune. The firings of officers Brian Thole and Shawn Powell, both military veterans who were on the department's SWAT team, will kick off an automatic appeals process. The officers have been on paid administrative leave since July.
At least one of the officers also disparaged Harteau as a lesbian in the June 29 incident, which was partly recorded on video and described in a 40-page Green Bay police report. The officers, who were off-duty, were not charged with any crime in Green Bay, but the department there reported the incident to the Minneapolis department, prompting the internal affairs process that led to Tuesday's firing.