MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minneapolis Police Department says two officers are the subject of an internal affairs investigation and have been placed on administrative leave.
The MPD did not name them, in accordance with department personnel policy. But KARE's sources say the probe involves Officers Brian Thole and Shawn Powell.
Both men are Iraq War veterans.
Those sources tell KARE 11 that the officers, who were off-duty, were involved in an incident last month in Green Bay during which local police were called.
KARE was told by those sources that there was an altercation, possibly with members of the Green Bay Police Department, in which the Minneapolis officers used derogatory language related to race and sexual orientation.
According to a source, the information is detailed in a police incident report in Green Bay.
That report was not available to the public on Friday, according to a lieutenant with the Green Bay Police Dept. He said the records clerk was not available to pull the incident report from June 29.
Powell is a former Green Bay police officer, who joined the Mpls PD in November of 2006. Our Gannett Co. sister publication, the Green Bay Press Gazette, featured Powell in a 2005 story about returning veterans readjusting to civilian life in that part of Wisconsin.
Thole has appeared in at least two KARE stories in past, including the day in December of 2011 when he made it home from Kuwait in time to surprise his mother.
In 2010 Thole was involved in the rescue of a red tailed hawk that struck a car in north Minneapolis.
In 2009 Powell was one of several officers involved in a traffic stop that resulted in an expensive out-of-court settlement for the City of Minneapolis. Several officers, including Powell, struck Derryl Jenkins in an effort to subdue him.
Powell was also among the officers involved in the shooting death of an erratic driver on Golden Valley Road in 2009. That motorist had already sideswiped one police patrol car.
Powell and the officers were commended by the department for saving other lives by shooting him.
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