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La Crosse County leaders investigating alleged display of white supremacy in sheriff’s department photo



The photo from Jeff Wolf’s La Crosse County Sheriff’s Facebook page, that was shortly taken down after drawing criticism from the public.

La Crosse County officials are criticizing a sheriff’s deputy for making a controversial hand gesture in a group picture with other deputies.

In the photo taken at the recent Country Boom festival near West Salem, one deputy appears to be making an ‘OK’ sign that has been used as a signal by white supremacists. 

This photo, posted on Jeff Wolf’s La Crosse County Sheriff’s page was posteds online for short time, before drawin comments from public

La Crosse County Sheriff Jeff Wolf and interim county administrator Jane Klekamp said an internal investigation is being done, and an outside review may also happen. 

The photo had been posted online Facebook by the sheriff, but was later taken down. 

In the picture, a group of 10 sheriff’s deputies are standing together, with one man making the hand gesture.

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. Wayne

    July 19, 2022 at 8:46 am

    This does not look accidental, but purposeful. It should be investigated and the results made public.

  2. Thomas R Blank

    July 19, 2022 at 10:39 am

    What a joke….

  3. Brent

    July 19, 2022 at 4:01 pm

    Anyone who feels there is no bigotry or hate within the ranks of any police department is fooling themselves. Unfortunately, it is in every walk of life. A ‘thumbs up’ may have been a better option here. This officer likely knew what he was doing and it does need to be investigated.

  4. Jeff Blakeley

    July 20, 2022 at 9:57 am

    While the third officer from the right is displaying the American Sign Language sign for the letter “F” or the number 9, the the third officer from the left is threatening everyone with a hand gesture of a gun that kids can get expelled from school for.

  5. J Shiz

    July 20, 2022 at 12:35 pm

    Are you kidding me? It’s called the circle game and it’s been around for decades. This officer owes a ton of punches to you fools.


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