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Nominees for local police study group to be submitted to La Crosse County Board on Thursday

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Since George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis two years ago, La Crosse County has been among the local governments weighing the idea of a board to study police activity. 

The county board will be asked Thursday night to approve a list of 18 people who could decide whether such a permanent committee is needed. 

County board chair Monica Kruse says names could be removed from the list at this meeting, but no new names could be added immediately. They would have to go through a review process.    

The group of 18 includes law enforcement officials, including Sheriff Jeff Wolf and the police chiefs of La Crosse and Onalaska, along with experts on policing, and “stakeholders” representing segments of the public.   

The county board voted in November to form a panel that would consider the need for a full-time group to monitor local policing activities.  Kruse says the plan is to vote on all 18 names at once.

   

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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  1. Chip DeNure

    February 18, 2022 at 7:50 am

    George Floyd, a violent convicted felon, had 3 times the fatal level of fentenyl in his system. He was saying he couldn’t breathe before he was taken to the ground for resisting arrest. If Floyd’s death is being used for the creation of this oversight committee, it is utter nonsense, just as stupid as the County Board declaring racism to be a ‘health crisis’ as they did last spring. You know..when you declare something to be a crisis, it demands immediate action. What has the County Board done in almost a year’s time to alleviate this crisis. Perhaps Brad Williams would look into it.

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