La Crosse County is moving ahead with plans to start a police oversight board.
A study committee declares that a special panel is needed to review civilian complaints of misconduct by police within the county.
Monica Kruse, the county board chair, presented the study results to the criminal justice management council on Wednesday.
Striebel spoke at the justice council meeting, saying that local residents have expressed a need for a board to hear their own complaints about police:
“I personally in the last month have had five different people reach out to me…saying I had something happen to me and I’m not sure what to do,” Striebel said. “The fact that those complaints are not getting to the point where law enforcement leaders are even hearing about them demonstrates the need for this sort of oversight board.”
Kruse says she has heard a similar story recently, from someone who served on the county board. She says that person “ended up having police drive by her house frequently during the day, she lives in the cul-de-sac, they would come around and drive through the neighborhood.”