MPD officers on leave for allegedly using sexual slur about Chief Janeé Harteau

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Officers Brian Thole and Shawn Powell allegedly used a sexual slur about their boss, MPD Chief Janeé Harteau.
:::: UPDATE :::: Report: Mpls cops got into fight with black guys, later said "they were doing their monkey thing"

On Friday afternoon, news broke that two Minneapolis police officers had been placed on administrative leave. At the time, details were scant, but over the weekend the Star Tribune reported that officers Brian Thole and Shawn Powell were suspended for allegedly using racial and sexual slurs following a June altercation in Green Bay, where Powell used to be an officer.

SEE ALSO: Squad car footage of Eric Hightower's brutal arrest released; St. Paul cop reportedly fired [VIDEO]

The dynamic duo reportedly used the slurs during a conversation with Green Bay officers, who they contacted following the altercation. They allegedly used a racial slur to describe the two black men with whom they had a disagreement, and a sexual slur in reference to MPD head honcho Janeé Harteau, who is the city's first openly gay police chief.

Slurs aside, both Thole and Powell have been named in separate excessive force lawsuits filed since the beginning of last year, and Powell was involved in a 2009 incident where MPD officers beat Derryl M. Jenkins during a traffic stop. Jenkins filed suit and was ultimately awarded $235,000. So yeah, they're not exactly Employee of the Decade material.

Two MPD officers have already been fired this year after being placed on administrative leave for being charged with crimes -- David Clifford, who almost killed a man with a sucker punch at a bar last year and is currently in prison following his conviction for felony assault, and Bradley Schnickel, who was charged with a handful of felonies for alleged criminal sexual conduct involving preteen girls.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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20 comments
kennyX
kennyX

Janeé Harteau is a lesbian? Damn! There goes my envisions of her being one of those freaky straight women who love taking it up the chute. Not that I am surprised that a female cop is a lesbian, but until this news broke, every time I saw the picture of her (as posted above), I totally could picture her in one of those multi-racial double penetration gang-bang porn flicks. Thanks for ruining my fantasy, Rupar! :)  

anthonyh
anthonyh

She's a good fair cop, and a good chief for this city.  Looks like some people making comments here should get suspended too, from the human race.

Fredlock Dobbs
Fredlock Dobbs

Lets type about her looks, fellas! Cause that's important.

David Olson
David Olson

She looks like she could suck a golf ball through a garden hose.

Kathie Carlson
Kathie Carlson

Thats fine, I never said all the cops, I do know the gals at 911 are not angels, and need to do a better job. THEY HAVE NEVER DISPATCHED a car to this neighborhood, not even when my neighbor was attacked by 3 guys walking home from the literail, They beat her really bad then sexually assaulted her while we were on the phone and they NEVER sent a car, we the neighbors stepped in and fought them for her. Now she carries a gun (legally) along with half the neighbors. Not one squad they never dispatched one. I have several things I could bring out also. We are always told to call the prec, which we know is NOT right. Or they don't have a squad to dispatch ever, nor do they hav a sup, to talk to at 911, gets old REAL fast.

Kathie Carlson
Kathie Carlson

David right or wrong, I wouldn't broadcast your going to do this on fb. I do know that some of the dispatchers need to pull their head ourt of their a** too,

Kathie Carlson
Kathie Carlson

MPD does have some good cops, just not her, She is NO angel either, If these 2 get fired for name calling she should get fired for the same.

Maria Gallagher
Maria Gallagher

Of course people will find issue when a woman isn't afraid of putting officers where they belong in their place. Wake up, Minneapolis! You need the intelligence, integrity and grace this Chief exhibits in her work ethic.

Elisa Maria
Elisa Maria

Libtards? What, are you like 4 or something?

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

Please, bigoted trolls, keep making stupid homophobic sexist statements: it really helps illustrate the problems we're facing.

Nicholas S. Goers
Nicholas S. Goers

You need to remove "SEE ALSO: Squad car footage of Eric Hightower's brutal arrest released; St. Paul cop reportedly fired [VIDEO]" There was nothing brutal in the video according to you libtards!

David Lloyd
David Lloyd

With the MPD being in the forefront.

Chris Welton
Chris Welton

This chief sucks. Her officers have done a lot worse while ON the clock. But as soon as they are off the clock, don't dare to call her a name.... Once again this bitch sucks and needs to go

Angela Salzl
Angela Salzl

Wow our state has some great police officers........

Onan
Onan

@kennyX  - You are one classy individual. Kudos.

heyo
heyo

@Troy Curfman she also has a fake penis. 

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