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Update: GoFundMe for man involved in downtown La Crosse incident removed for violating terms

The La Crosse Police Department says it does not believe the incident was a hate crime
Published: Jul. 14, 2020 at 5:04 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 20, 2020 at 5:03 PM CDT
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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WEAU) -

UPDATE:

A local GoFundMe campaign for a man involved in a downtown La Crosse incident has been removed from the platform.

Last week officers said Ronald Johnson broke his femur after he tackled an individual onto the street July 10.

The department said the GoFundMe page that raised over $26,000 claiming he was attacked and called slurs was not consistent with the case upon reviewing surveillance footage.

Now the campaign has been removed for violating terms of service by including information that is misleading or inaccurate, according to GoFundMe.

The organization says all donors have been refunded for their donations.

The La Crosse Police Department are investigating an incident that some on social media labeled a “hate crime.”

Early Friday morning July 10, a disagreement between several parties occurred outside Bronco’s bar and Big Al’s Pizza on Third Street, according to the police report.

Officers say Ronald Johnson broke his femur after he tackled an individual onto the street.

A GoFundMe page raised over $26,000 for Johnson claiming he was attacked and called slurs.

Surveillance footage from the city’s safe cameras shows the incident play out, police saying Johnson was the instigator.

“We do not believe this was a case of a hate crime,” said Sgt. Tom Walsh of the La Crosse Police Department. “We do believe this was a bar fight where we had a number of intoxicated people that were causing problems in the downtown area and ultimately an individual was injured based on his own actions.”

The department says the investigation is ongoing and will be forwarded to the District Attorney for ultimate decision on potential charges.

Johnson has an extraditable warrant out of Oneida County as well.

La Crosse police say the GoFundMe created for Johnson is not consistent with the facts of the case.

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