No Charges Against Minneapolis Cops in Green Bay Case
Two Minneapolis police officers won't be criminally charged in Wisconsin for allegedly using racial slurs and physical assaulting a man outside a Green Bay bar.
The officers were off-duty during the incident, which was partially caught on tape. Their alleged conduct has led to a scandal that prompted a leading city council member to call on the pair to resign "immediately."
The Green Bay Police Department has decided not to forward the case involving Minneapolis officers Shawn Powell and Brian Thole to any prosecuting authority, Lt. Kevin Warych, head of Green Bay's Internal Affairs Unit and a department spokesman, told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS on Thursday.
Warych declined to give a reason for the decision or provide the date the decision was made.
Both officers are on paid administrative leave.
Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS in an interview Monday that she has "absolutely" thought about referring the case to the FBI for an inquiry into possible criminal or civil rights violations, adding that "the question will be if it's necessary. And I haven't come to any conclusion yet."
Find links to our previous coverage of this case below:
- Mpls. Police Chief Talks about Officer Firing Decision, Activist Arrest
- Commission Upholds Firing of 2 Mpls. Cops after 2013 Green Bay Incident
- MPD Chief 'Perplexed' by Gov's Reaction to Internal Affairs Policy Change
- BCA to Handle High-Profile MPD Internal Investigations
- Mpls. Police Union Won't File Grievance for Officers Fired for Using Slurs
- Source: 2 Mpls. Officers Accused of Racial Slurs Were Fired
- Judge Recommends Wrongful Death Civil Suit Naming Mpls. Officers be Dismissed
- No Charges Against Minneapolis Cops in Green Bay Case
- 'Tired' of Slurs, Mpls. Police Advisory Council Meets in Private
- Mpls. Police Use 'National Night Out' to Rebuild Trust