Police in La Crosse, and representatives of community groups, had a chance to talk with each other in a virtual town hall Wednesday night.
The main topic during the two-hour discussion, was how police do their job, and whether the public can trust the officers, following demonstrations that came after the Minneapolis death of George Floyd.
Ebony Hyter is a vice president of ‘Black Leaders Acquiring Collective Knowledge,’ called BLACK for short. She’s concerned that black officers don’t seem to stay long on the city police force.
“It’s no secret that La Crosse has had a number of black police officers that have not stayed, and what changes need to be made for black people to feel welcome in the police force?” Hyter said.
City police chief Shawn Kudron said his department has changed its hiring process, but recruiting is tough.
“It’s a difficult venture to, not only recruit police officers … but also to find diverse police officers that’ll want to be here in La Crosse and want to work in La Crosse,” Kudron said.
Chauncey Turner of the city’s Human Rights Commission says he’d like to see improved training for local police.
, such as attending block parties, out of uniform.