Two Green Bay officers submit paperwork for resignation amid internal investigation

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A patrol lieutenant and a patrol officer have submitted resignation paper after allegations of internal harassment.

Chief Andrew Smith with the Green Bay Police Department held a news conference Friday afternoon to explain the internal investigation about the allegations of harassment, and in one case, making racial remarks. 

The investigation began on December 13 when Chief Smith was made aware of the comments. 

Thirty to 35 interviews were conducted and some officers were said to be more forthcoming that others, but Smith said the goal was to get the truth of the matter. He said he logged more than 100 hours of interrogation into these allegations. 

An example of one of the things that took place was that an officer had a duty-related injury, and someone took a picture of that officer, put the picture in an empty chair, took a picture and then sent that picture to friends.

Another example was that some officers were being dismissive of other officers while on duty. 

While the exact comments were not released due to the pending investigation, Smith says that the huge majority were basic harassment of other officers, and other comments were racial in nature and derogatory in nature.

Besides the two that are resigning, a handful of other officers are being disciplined for their involvement. 

The two have had no prior history of complaints before this investigation. The names of those accused have not yet been released due to the ongoing investigation. 

Smith went on to say that it is important for the community to know that this was an internal affair and that we are holding these officers accountable. 

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