MPD officers on leave for allegedly using sexual slur about Chief Janeé Harteau
Officers Brian Thole and Shawn Powell allegedly used a sexual slur about their boss, MPD Chief Janeé Harteau.
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.
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.
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