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Panel upholds chief's firing of 2 cops

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Jul 28, 2014 at 2:01 pm

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minneapolis Civil Service Commission has upheld the firing of two Minneapolis police officers for misconduct in Green Bay, Wisconsin, last year.

Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau (jeh-NAY' har-TOH') fired officers Brian Thole and Shawn Powell after the two scuffled with a group of black men and then allegedly used racial slurs while berating local police investigating the June 2013 incident.

The firings kicked off an automatic appeals process. Harteau says the commission upheld her decision last week.

The Star Tribune reports at least one of the officers also disparaged Harteau as a lesbian in the incident.

The off-duty officers were not charged with any crime, but the Green Bay department reported the incident to Minneapolis, prompting the internal affairs review.

Thole and Powell denied the allegations.

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