Police Work & Prosecution Doesn’t Stop for COVID
Our community, and communities around the State, are working their way through the ever-changing landscape of COVID-19. It has changed some of the ways we do police work, but it has not changed our work. Our community engagement has moved from jumping out of a squad and playing ball with some kids, to participating in “birthday parades”. Meetings at community centers have moved to virtual/electronic formats. But crime still occurs, we still investigate and do what we can to keep our community safe. The Federal Prosecutors we partner with continue to do their part in keeping dangerous individuals out of our community.
Over the past several weeks La Crosse Police have had several high-profile crimes and investigations. One battery investigation led to the arrest of an individual for a homicide; another shooting investigation led to the arrest of an individual for attempted homicide; and a multi-jurisdictional investigation led to the arrest of three individuals involved in a “for profit” drug ring involving stolen guns. Officers and Investigators, wearing masks and personal protective equipment, worked their way through these investigations and charged those individuals who make our communities less safe.
During this same time, our partners at the US Attorney’s Office Western District of Wisconsin have prosecuted two La Crosse Police Department arrests. The first was Jack Taylor who was arrested by La Crosse Police in July of 2019 for selling large quantities of methamphetamine in our community. Taylor had a lengthy criminal history with 14 prior felony convictions and was sentenced to over 9 years in federal prison. The second case was David Wims who was also arrested in July of 2019 for selling large quantities of fentanyl in our community. Fentanyl is extremely dangerous drug, contributing to many of the overdose reports that police investigate. Additionally, Wims has a lengthy criminal history with 27 arrests in La Crosse County alone. Wims received a sentence of over 7 years in federal prison. For more information from the US Attorney’s Office – Western District of Wisconsin go to: WWW.JUSTICE.GOV/USAO/WIW
COVID or no COVID, La Crosse Police will continue to partner with our prosecutors to provide the safest community possible.