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The department had placed six officers on three days of paid administrative leave following the killing of Ahmed Guled. Three officers had fired at him: Powell, along with Christopher Garbisch and Jeffrey Newman.
Guled was shot repeatedly and died at the scene.
Feb. 5, 2009
Guled had been driving a stolen vehicle when two officers in cruisers began chasing him through the city’s North Side on Feb. 5, 2009. The stolen vehicle, with two cruisers in pursuit, was swerving erratically and didn’t stop, the judge’s report says.
As he was pursued, Guled drove into an unrelated police scene and was shot after speeding toward four officers standing in the street, according to police, who had video of the incident, as well as witness accounts.
Graham’s recommendation comes amid controversy over a recent incident in Green Bay, Wis. Powell and Brian Thole were off-duty when they got into a street brawl in June and then used slurs while berating local police officers who responded, according to the Green Bay Police Department.
The incident has prompted Harteau and other police officials to step up efforts to meet with people in the community in an effort to rebuild damaged community relations.
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