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2 Minneapolis officers on leave after argument littered with racial slurs

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Dash cam video of an incident that landed two Minneapolis police officers on administrative leave has surfaced, giving a new glimpse into why the decision was made.

Officer Brian Thole and Officer Shawn Powell were taken off the streets after an altercation in Green Bay on June 29 in which they were accused of using racial slurs and making derogatory remarks about Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau.

According to police reports, the officers were in Green Bay to mark the fifth anniversary of the death of one of their fathers. Although the reports redact their names, FOX 9 News has confirmed Thole and Powell were involved.

Eventually, that night on the town got out of hand. Green Bay police were called to the scene of a disturbance and found two groups of people arguing in the middle of the street. Dashcam video shows police tried to break up the crowd, but Thole and Powell did not want to go quietly to their side of the street.

Both Thole and Powell told responding officers they had gone to grab a few drinks, and police reports describe them as drunk and belligerent. The reports state the two openly called the Green Bay police "a joke" because they were upset they weren't being taken seriously.

Worse still, Green Bay police say Thole and Powell were repeatedly using racial slurs against African Americans.

"Green Bay is too n----- friendly," one of the Minneapolis officers reportedly said after an African American drove by prior to the street argument.

Even their boss became a target in the Minneapolis officers' tirade after one of the two men complained it would be a big deal for them to be named in a police report because "we have a lesbian f---ing chief that's looking to fire people for any reason."

Neither Powell nor Thole were arrested by Green Bay police, but it's unlikely the authorities there will have to worry about a repeat performance. One of the two told police "I'm never coming back here again" as he walked away.

Minneapolis police say state law forbids anyone in the department from commenting on the incident, but FOX 9 News did look at the personnel records for both officers. Powell received several awards and commendations, including a letter of praise from Harteau earlier this year.

That said, Powell was one of several officers named in a civil rights lawsuit filed by Derryl Jenkins in 2009. The case is now closed, but then-Chief Tim Dolan ordered all his officers to watch the video to discuss the correct way to handle suspects who resist arrest. He has no other disciplinary actions.

Thole was suspended for 10 hours without pay in 2011, but he has no other disciplinary actions on file.

Both men have served in the military.

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