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Police study group in La Crosse County preparing a report on local law enforcement



The 2020 death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis led to many protests around the country, including in La Crosse. 

Calls for more transparency about police activity prompted La Crosse County to form a study committee on policing, and that committee could make a report soon to the county board. 

Committee chair Tara Johnson says her study group includes several representatives of groups that have had bad experiences with law enforcement. She says that applies to “populations, citizen groups who have historically and presently, you know, current day feel threatened or targeted or mistreated or unheard by police.”

Johnson’s panel also includes the La Crosse County sheriff and the police chiefs of La Crosse and Onalaska.

Johnson describes some possible goals of such a long-term committee: “Fairness and equal treatment and transparency, accountability in the policing work that is done in our communities.” She predicts that her panel could make a report to county officials in April.

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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