Justice officials are at odds with each other after
a La Crosse County judge ordered police officers to
disarm while testifying in court
La Crosse County Circuit Judge Ramona Gonzalez ordered
three officers to remove their weapons and duty belts
while in the courtroom Tuesday.
The officers were testifying in the jury trial of
a man charged with threatening to kill an officer.
among other charges.
According to the police department.
officers have testified many times in the last five
years with their firearms holstered and never had
And the way judge Gonzalez told the officers to remove
their firearms and duty belts concerned many in the
There's a variety of other methods this could have
been addressed, but to have our officers disarm in
a trial, and right in front of the open courts, seemed
less than the ideal time or format for addressing
The La Crosse Police Department also says a discussion
has been started with Judge Gonzalez to correct any
issues either group may have with the current policy.
We have reached out to Judge Gonzalez.
but have not heard back.