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Long-debated police study committee to meet for first time in La Crosse County

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The death of George Floyd, and Black Lives Matter demonstrations, have led many communities to take a closer look at law enforcement.  That includes La Crosse, where a county study committee on policing will meet Tuesday for the first time. 

Eighteen members representing police and other segments of the public were named to this committee.  Members include La Crosse County Sheriff Jeff Wolf, La Crosse Police Chief Shawn Kudron, and Onalaska Chief Charles Ashbeck.

Supervisor Steve Doyle told WIZM News recently that this group is one step away from a permanent watchdog panel.

“We’re not at the point yet where we have that ultimate body that is gonna be created,” said Doyle. “This next step is for the people from all walks of life to get together to figure out the parameters of what that ultimate body is going to look like.”    

A resolution forming the study committee said recommendations of this group will be considered non-binding.          

At this first session, committee members will meet each other, discuss the purpose of the panel, and set a regular schedule of meetings.

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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