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La Crosse police ready for next planned demonstration

Brad Williams

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Peaceful demonstrations against racism in La Crosse are scheduled to resume Wednesday night, with a 7 p.m. gathering in Riverside Park, and city police are prepared to monitor the event. 

Capt. Jason Melby of the La Crosse Police also points out that his officers are prepared as well for demonstrations or activities that are not planned well ahead of time, which occur in an “organic” way.    

Melby says it could be ‘problematic’ if too many officers are assigned to duty at the event, or if it appears they’re going out of their way to maintain order.  

The Wednesday event in question is a demonstration against the death of a black man, George Floyd, who was being restrained by officers in Minneapolis. 

It follows similar protests which occurred in downtown La Crosse three nights in a row last weekend.

Mayor Tim Kabat plans to attend tonight’s gathering in Riverside Park. 

 

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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