Mpls cops got into fight with black guys, later said "they were doing their monkey thing" [VIDEO] [UPDATE]

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Two MPD officers used the N-bomb and referred to their boss as a "lesbian," according to a Green Bay police report.
:::: UPDATE :::: Green Bay PD explains why it outed Mpls cops for being racist, homophobic jerks [VIDEO]

-- Original post published July 30 at 8:15 a.m.; video of the incident and some updates are at bottom --

A Green Bay police report sheds new light on the June 29 incident that resulted in Minneapolis Police Department officers Brian Thole and Shawn Powell being placed on leave and reportedly being removed from the SWAT team.

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

According to the police report, after a night of drinking, Thole and Powell got into a confrontation with a group of nine black men they passed on a sidewalk. Things escalated, and one of the officers ended up punching one of the men in the face. When Green Bay police responded, one of the MPD cops told them the black men "were doing their monkey thing."

"We're police officers," one of the dynamic duo said. "I punched him in the face and I will do it again."

The Star Tribune, citing the police report, reports that Green Bay officers ultimately told the two to go back to their hotel room. As they walked away, the MPD officers flicked off their Green Bay colleagues and told them to "[expletive] off."

Unsatisfied, Thole and Powell later went to the Green Bay police station to whine. They complained police didn't arrest any of the black men involved in the earlier confrontation. The argument became heated, with one of the MPD cops calling the Green Bay PD a "clown show" and saying that the city is "too [racial slur] friendly."

Green Bay police ultimately told Thole and Powell that if they were going to arrest anybody, it'd probably be one of them for disorderly conduct.

The report indicates Thole and Powell were upset their names were taken.

Referring to MPD Chief Janeé Harteau, one of them said, "We have a lesbian [expletive] chief that's looking to fire people for any reason." But based on the Green Bay PD's report, we'd say Thole and Powell did a good effective job giving Harteau reasons to reconsider their employment status.

:::: UPDATE ::::

A WCCO TV report contains dashboard footage of the incident and provides a few new details. Here it is:



:::: UPDATE II ::::

This afternoon, the MPD released a statement entitled, "Chief Harteau outraged and apologizes to the community and Green Bay Police Department for officers behavior."

Here it is, in its entirety:
Today, Chief Harteau commented on the public incident report and video from the Green Bay Police Department. "What I saw and heard on the video posted on several news websites involving these two officers is appalling and goes against everything we stand for. The type of behavior exhibited on the public video significantly damages public trust. Every member of this department and community deserves better. I would also like to extend my apologies to the community and the Green Bay Police Department. I am not able to comment further at this time because of data privacy laws," said Chief Harteau.
:::: UPDATE III ::::

Mayor R.T. Rybak has also chimed in with a statement of his own, and suffice it to say Thole and Powell should probably start preparing to turn in their badges.

Here Rybak's statement:
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak released the following statement about the behavior of two Minneapolis police officers in Green Bay, Wisconsin: "I was appalled and disgusted by the behavior of two Minneapolis police officers that I saw on the video from Green Bay. The actions, language and behavior I saw in no way reflect the values of a department paid to protect and serve our community. I will await the results of the internal investigation and I am confident that Chief Harteau will take all appropriate action."
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donnapellison
donnapellison

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Joseph Finley
Joseph Finley

We need to get rid of this type of office. Drinking! For all we know they may both have alcohol problems...no excuse, though.

k2yeb
k2yeb topcommenter

This is horrible. Pigs on two levels. Peoples lives, regardless of profession are being exposed to the world. If it wasn't a police video, probably a cell phone. One way or another, good or bad, we are not alone anymore.  Live life accordingly. 

kennyX
kennyX topcommenter

Look at the little Sheeple wetting their panties over this! Guess what, derelicts? The likelihood of these idiots retaining their jobs is about 0 and 1/2. You honestly think the Police Union is going to defend them considering the negative publicity this is going to garner? I'm surprised this story hasn't made the National News (If it hasn't already).   

Linda Mae Chover
Linda Mae Chover

I live in Minneapolis - let's get rid of this type of police

Jeffrey Stager
Jeffrey Stager

"This completely normal and every day behavior of Minneapolis police officers is so appalling!"

Josef Disla
Josef Disla

She should fire those MPD clowns! They're just mad because she's got power over them...haha! Now they're crying like little girls!!!! I love it! Go Chief Harteau!!!!!!!

Greg Hazard
Greg Hazard

They wonder why people call them pigs!!!! why...because they act like it.....

Randy Bell
Randy Bell

To protect and serve...yeah right

edward_snowden
edward_snowden

Those swat team guys think they're untouchable right? Just recently one almost killed someone after they "superman" punched a guy for running his mouth while they were off duty. They kick in doors unconstitutionally, shoot people's dogs, basically run around the city like a mafia with all the automatic guns they need and plenty of excuses for shooting people or running red lights and killing them. Someone needs to get fired and their hiring/training program reviewed. So sad the taxpayers are ones paying for all this.

Dave Brazelton
Dave Brazelton

Whoa, don't be judgmental, first....Define "monkey thing".

nobig
nobig

This is ridiculous. They didn't do anything wrong. No racial slurs. No homophobic language. Green Bay pd owes them an apology, and shame on the chief for suspending them. 

DanMitchell
DanMitchell

@kennyX Whenever I see the word "sheeple," I know I'm dealing with a genius.

Drewey
Drewey topcommenter

So angry. I know you hate seeing racists punished.

thinkaboutit
thinkaboutit

@Linda Mae Chover Let's start by hiring more cops who LIVE in Minneapolis. 

thinkaboutit
thinkaboutit

@edward_snowden How about that officer shooting on Bryant where the swat guy fired a MP5 in a cement basement and ended up getting shot. The suspect didn't have a gun! What kind of swat team member lets the bad guy get close enough to grab a machine gun?


Arkadi
Arkadi

@nobig You remind me of a classmate from grade school who would call people "fag" and then defensively claim they just meant a cigarette.

Onan
Onan

@nobig  - Why would the MPD officers apologize after this incident (as stated in the linked video) if they "did nothing wrong?"

DanMitchell
DanMitchell

@nobig How is "doing their monkey thing" not a racial slur? Please to explain.

kennyX
kennyX topcommenter

@Drewey Did I not infer that they should be punished? i.e. Fired? I understand that you have bad luck when it comes to comprehension, but why don't you read my post again and then come back to me. 

kennyX
kennyX topcommenter

@thinkaboutit Maybe if the "bad guy" wouldn't have lead officers on a high speed chase, endangering the lives of innocent citizens, and then broke into a innocent person's house to avoid capture because he was a criminal thug with a history of multiple felonies, the thug would be still alive today (and thank God he is not).  Have you ever thought about that? Of course not. You pansy-ass Liberals defend criminal thugs (who would take your own ass out if they thought they could steal something from you) but you defend them as "victims" while vilifying the Police. Well, guess what? This is a free country. If you ever become a victim of crime, DON'T call the MPD. If the perp happens to be black, just beg for mercy while he is pointing a gun at your head and say, "Don't shoot me!! I voted for Obama!!" I'm sure he will understand.  

nobig
nobig

@mitchell39 @nobig maybe they were acting like monkies. we don't knwo because it's not on film. the only thing on film is this cop's comment without context. 

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@jo1glex I don't know if they hire him but they definitely let him get away with anything.  Kenny uses racial slurs constantly and has threatened to kill me.  All that racist fucker Rupar does is delete his comments but not ban him.  City Pages is staffed by some real pieces of shit.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@mitchell39 there is actually some pretty damning and bizzare evidence that supports this crackpot theory. really not too far fetched with what is known of Mr. Cheney and his cohorts. 9/11 has directly or indirectly made them wealthy beyond imagination. 

a better question is why Snowden isnt dead? does he work for the US Govt, that would make more sense then what is currently beign disseminated


digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

@jo1glex actually Kenny wanted me to meet him at some homo MMA gym to fight. he is to big of a sally to fight at my proposed location...the target center

DanMitchell
DanMitchell

@jo1glex @MicheleBachmann Oh, please. You think alternative newspapers have the money to pay comments trolls? I can tell you: they don't.

Now, tell us about how 9/11 was engineered by the government.

jo1glex
jo1glex

@MicheleBachmann  Actually, Kenny is just a clickbait troll, stirring the pot to keep CP's ad rates higher.  It seems like every site in the Voice Nation group has at least one of them, sanctioned by the admins and allowed to break the usual terms of service as long as they cause more pageviews and clicks.

Now, it's unlikely anybody would bother posting such egregious bullshit unless they believed it on some level, but arguing with Kenny is like arguing with a mannequin.  

MicheleBachmann
MicheleBachmann topcommenter

@kennyX  Keep in mind kenny no one actually gives two shits what you think since you are nothing but a stupid racist who is wrong about everything.  

Drewey
Drewey topcommenter

You implied they would be punished not the they should be punished. The angry tone of your post says as much as the words about your feelings. If not, your track record of posts on this site better contextualises your true thoughts. So, perhaps it's you that should read your post again.

edward_snowden
edward_snowden

 @kennyX oh don't worry I won't call them. Everyone who's ever delt with them in the past knows that the only thing they do if they show up is take someone to jail (anyone as long as it's someone). That or shoot someone. Not to mention it takes them forever to get there if they even show up. Btw....you talk like a cop.

jo1glex
jo1glex

@kennyX  Maybe if the cops had any damned sense, once they cornered an unarmed suspect in a basement, they'd sit outside and wait for him to come out rather than taking their own lives into their hands and playing Dirty Harry games that always end up badly, even for themselves.  I don't care about the suspect.  A great way to stay alive is to not get into these scrapes with cops.  I've used it all my life; works fantastic.  But who the hell is training the cops?  They freak out, panic, shoot each other with machine guns, run red lights and kill motorcyclists; all over a suspected burglar who runs from them?  What a dangerous clownshow.

nobig
nobig

@Onan @nobig Hole? Huh? What? The only hole here is the progressive 99 percenter mindset that permeates this rag. 

Onan
Onan

@nobig @Onan  - Man, you just can't help yourself from digging that hole a little deeper, can you?

nobig
nobig

@Onan @nobig You can't say without a reasonable doubt that these cops are racists or homophobic. You may like to believe they are, but to anyone who sees that video the proof just isn't there. It's only embarrassing becasue it can be interpreted to be racist or homophobic (by those so inclined). People, by your own statements, like you.

Onan
Onan

@nobig @Onan  - Yes, you know me oh so well. "Porch monkey 4 life" - What? I'm taking it back!

nobig
nobig

@Onan @nobig Clearly people like you ready to scream racist and homophobe at the drop of the hat need to be soothed to sleep with apologies, warranted or not. 

Drewey
Drewey topcommenter

No matter what you tell yourself, you're a racist bigot. Deal with it. We all have out hang ups.

nobig
nobig

@jo1glex @nobig What a bunch of pansies, getting all worked up about Monkey. You probably apologize to black people for slavery when you're drunk. 

jo1glex
jo1glex

@nobig  This might be the dumbest comment I've read on CP in a long time.  At least Kenny is just stirring the pot, doing his job to drive clicks.  Kenny knows his comments are racially inflammatory, on purpose.

omnipitous
omnipitous

@nobig @mitchell39 Um... there is no assuming here... definition of "Monkey" in this context (you can look it up yourself): "A racial slur directed towards a person of African-American ethnicity." The MPD are a big fan of that one... see it all the time.  BUT if you feel like you need to jump to their defense on the off chance that they hold monkeys in a much higher regard then we'll just jump to the point where they referred to Green Bay as being too "nigger friendly" and we can move this discussion on to the many non-racist uses of that particular word.

nobig
nobig

@mitchell39 if you automatically assume that the word monkey is racist, you're the one who needs an IQ test.

DanMitchell
DanMitchell

Ah. I see. Yes, referring to a bunch of black dudes as "monkeys" doesn't carry any racial connotations at all! It's just a thing guys say to each other. White guys are always going around referring to other white guys as "monkeys" after all.

You, sir, are clearly a genius.

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