Statement: Mpls Police Chief Responds to Terrance Franklin News Conference

Created: 05/30/2013 10:19 PM By: Leslie Dyste

Minneapolis Chief of Police Janee Harteau wants an apology from an attorney after he publicly accused officers of using a racial slur. Click here to read the full story.

“These accusations are not only preposterous but without merit. When false allegations are made, it negatively impacts the community and damages public trust.

The video in question shows both MPD and Metro Transit officers. Chief Harrington and I have viewed the video multiple times, amplifying the audio, and hear absolutely no racial epithets whatsoever. The reality is, the comments made by the responding officers were appropriate and clearly relate to aiding the injured officers with a tourniquet. 

At 26 seconds an officer asks for a tourniquet. This is followed by an officer saying, “I’ve got a tourniquet right here.” An officer then responds about needing a tourniquet in the alley.  This video is accessible on Youtube to the public, and we encourage people to view it for themselves.  

This attorney owes the Minneapolis Police Department, Metro Transit Police Department and the community a public apology,” said Chief Harteau.