Green Bay PD explains why it outed Mpls cops for being racist, homophobic jerks [VIDEO]

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MPD officers Thole and Powell berate a Green Bay cop during a June 29 incident that could cost them their jobs.
One of the unanswered questions surrounding the story of the two Minneapolis cops who outed themselves as racist, homophobic assholes in June in Green Bay was this -- why did the Green Bay PD release their names when neither was arrested?

THE BACKSTORY: Mpls cops got into fight with black guys, later said "they were doing their monkey thing"

The answer, according to an email written by Green Bay PD Internal Affairs Commander Lieutenant Kevin Warych, is that his department was simply treating the MPD as they'd want to be treated in a similar circumstance.

In correspondence between Warych and MPD Internal Affairs Commander Medaria Arradondo obtained by KSTP via a public records request, Warych wrote: "This is a sad situation for everyone involved. But as we talked, we would want to know how our officers acted if they were in a different city."

The "sad situation" he's referring to, of course, involved MPD officers Brian Thole and Shawn Powell calling black people "monkeys," dropping the N-bomb, and using a sexual slur about their boss, MPD Chief Janeé Harteau in an incident that was caught on a Green Bay police officer's dashboard cam. Here's the footage (unfortunately, the swears have been censored):



Thole and Powell have been removed from the SWAT team and placed on administrative leave pending the result of an internal investigation. Their behavior was characterized as "appalling" by both Harteau and Mayor R.T. Rybak, suggesting the two should probably start preparing themselves to turn in their badges.

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


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11 comments
digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

paper city pages is way too many ads and barely any content


dumb ads for shit places too - mostly eateries with shit food and bad pricing

Eric TheCapn
Eric TheCapn

But that video's on YouTube; City Pages didn't post it. Blame whichever organization released it.

Eric TheCapn
Eric TheCapn

I have this week's paper at home. Two stories I didn't care about and a billion ads. They only thing worth reading was the First Ave schedule.

Stuttering John
Stuttering John

Why do you have to censor the video? City pages just keeps getting worse.

digitalprotocol
digitalprotocol topcommenter

Cops talking about cops... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Dang Da Wei
Dang Da Wei

The history of the police has been to enforce the law, nothing more. Unfortunately they duty is deeply rooted its foundation of being slave catchers for the slave owners and union busters for the company bosses. The enforce laws that are heterosexist, sexist, racist, and classist.

Josh Jahnke
Josh Jahnke

what about the corrupt city of crystal where two officers have been on paid leave for a year for nothing?

Rob Perreault
Rob Perreault

GOOD. THEY ARE PRIME EXAMPLES OF WHY PEOPLE HAVE ISSUES WITH THE POLICE.

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