Two Minneapolis police officers were fired Friday over their handling of some seized Minnesota Timberwolves playoff tickets last summer.
The officers were Heidi Eisenbeis and Bill Barta, a local TV station reported. The station said that one of the officers allegedly seized the tickets from a possible scalper outside Target Center, but those tickets were never turned in to the police property room, where proper procedure calls for them to have been inventoried.
After the man, who wasn't named in the report, went into Target Center that night, he saw people sitting in the seats corresponding with the seized tickets, the report said.
It's not clear who they were, the station said. They got up and left when the man asked what they were doing there, it said.
The station reported that the man was never cited for scalping and no police report was filed.
The station reported that, according to the police union, the officers say there were minor policy violations in the incident but nothing to warrant termination. Both officers worked in the downtown precinct and had been with the force around eight years, the report said.
Sgt. Bob Kroll, a board member with the Minneapolis Police Federation, told WCCO the board will be discussing the case and will determine whether to appeal. They have 30 days to appeal.
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