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La Crosse mayor planning to take part in Wednesday march

Brad Williams

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La Crosse has had three peaceful demonstrations downtown since last Friday night, and Mayor Tim Kabat hopes future gatherings will remain peaceful. 

The next event in response to a police-related death in Minneapolis happens Wednesday night, starting at 7 p.m. in Riverside Park. 

Kabat is pleased that La Crosse city police have tried to avoid confrontation with demonstrators, and have not tried to “escalate” situations.

During a meeting of La Crosse’s human rights commission on Tuesday, the mayor said the city tries to be “welcoming” and “inclusive,” but adds there’s still work to be done.        

Kabat has found himself drawn into the local demonstrations held in the past week after the Minneapolis death of George Floyd.

Kabat’s wife was pepper-sprayed one night during an encounter with a driver downtown. 

The next night, the mayor met personally with marchers outside City Hall. 

Wednesday’s event is expected to include another march to City Hall before returning to the riverfront.  

 

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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