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Racial Equity Team approved for La Crosse City Hall

Brad Williams

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FILE - La Crosse native Katrina Sletten speaks to at least 500 protesters at La Crosse's city hall, demanding change after the Minneapolis Police killing of George Floyd. (PHOTO: Rick Solem)

The racial concerns which have stirred America since the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis six months ago are being heard at La Crosse City Hall. 

The city council has voted to allow the mayor to appoint a Racial Equity Team of city employees, to review the practices of local government. 

Mayor Tim Kabat says the equity team idea stems directly from local demonstrations following Floyd’s death in police custody.    

Members of the council questioned whether they actually needed to give Kabat permission to form that study committee.     

Doug Happel of the council says this idea sounds different than the hiring practices he used when he worked for the La Crosse school district.    

Happel wanted to know whether there was a specific hiring goal the mayor had in mind. 

The resolution points out that people of color make up 10 per cent of La Crosse’s population, but only 6 per cent of the city’s employees.  

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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