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Republicans hold pro-police rally outside Rep. Kind’s office

Brad Williams

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One area Republican candidate for Congress rallied with supporters outside Congressman Ron Kind’s La Crosse office on Saturday, to back local police.

Derrick Van Orden organized the rally on 5th Avenue, to charge Democrat Kind with lying to law enforcement and backing bills that would not help police.

Van Orden says Kind, a former prosecutor, deceived area sheriffs by reportedly telling them that he would not support a bill to remove qualified immunity for law enforcement, after he had already co-sponsored the bill.

Demonstrators held signs such as “Back the Blue” and “Defend the police” during the midday rally in La Crosse.

“Back the Blue” was the theme of a recent video conference hosted by Van Orden’s primary opponent, Jessi Ebben.

Ebben also argues that Kind has voted in Congress against the interests of western Wisconsin police.

Both Republicans and Democrats have primary contests in the 3rd Congressional District race on Tuesday.

Kind is facing Mark Neumann of La Crosse in his own party.

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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