The mayor of La Crosse says he’s “upset” with citizens making threats to his family over a recent pepper-spray incident.
Mayor Tim Kabat’s wife Christy was sprayed on May 30 by a van driver, who said Mrs. Kabat was hostile toward him during an anti-racism demonstration downtown.
Mrs. Kabat reportedly was angry at the man for driving too close to people marching on the street, and he sprayed her in the face.
“Pepper-spraying someone for 4 or 5 seconds in the face because of maybe bad language or bad gestures is something so far over the top … I think it borders on a crime,” the mayor said Monday on WIZM’s La Crosse Talk PM.
“The number of threats and the, just really terrible, awful messages that she has received … makes me extremely upset. I wish people would stop doing that,” added Kabat.