Statements: Mpls. Police Officers Investigation

Updated: 07/30/2013 9:41 PM By: Leslie Dyste

Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak released statements Tuesday after videotape from police squad cars and the lobby of the Green Bay police station released Monday purportedly show two off-duty Minneapolis police officers using racial and sexual slurs. The incident has led to administrative leave for both men.

In her statement Harteau says, "What I saw and heard on the video posted on several news websites involving these two officers is appalling and goes against everything we stand for. The type of behavior exhibited on the public video significantly damages public trust. Every member of this department and community deserves better. I would also like to extend my apologies to the community and Green Bay Police Department. I am not able to comment further at this time because of data privacy laws."

In his statement Rybak says, “I was appalled and disgusted by the behavior of two Minneapolis police officers that I saw on the video from Green Bay. The actions, language and behavior I saw in no way reflect the values of a department paid to protect and serve our community. I will await the results of the internal investigation and I am confident that Chief Harteau will take all appropriate action.”

Click here to watch video of Rybak discussing the incident.

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