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Minneapolis police chief wants to rebuild public trust after Green Bay incident

MINNEAPOLIS (WTAQ) - The Minneapolis police chief wants to start a dialogue to help rebuild public trust in her department.

That’s after an incident in Green Bay in which two off-duty Minneapolis officers reportedly used racial slurs against a group of black men – and then asked police not to say or do anything after one officer admitted throwing a punch during the encounter.

A similar incident was reported in the Minneapolis suburb of Apple Valley.

Last week, Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau called for a dialogue with cultural and faith leaders in her city to help rebuild people’s trust in her officers.

Police union president John Delmonico says he wants to a part of that dialogue. He said there’s no place in his department for, “racist or bigoted” officers.

The June 29th Green Bay incident came to light last week. It followed a similar incident in the Twin Cities suburb of Apple Valley in which two officers pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct.

The officers in the Green Bay incident had no charges filed against them. They were suspended with pay from the Minneapolis SWAT team, pending an internal affairs investigation.

Harteau has also appointed a new Police Conduct Oversight Commission, which is expected to start operating next month.