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Bond hearing for former La Crosse Police Lieutenant

Former La Crosse Police Lt. Brian Thomson Former La Crosse Police Lt. Brian Thomson
Thomson signs bond paperwork following his hearing Wednesday. Thomson signs bond paperwork following his hearing Wednesday.

LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) -  A former La Crosse Police Lieutenant appeared in La Crosse County Circuit Court Wednesday for a bond hearing.

Judge Ramona Gonzalez set a $5000 signature bond for Brian Thomson. In court, La Crosse County District Attorney, Tim Gruenke, said Thomson faces misconduct in office and attempted possession of narcotic drugs.  Prior to his Tuesday arrest, Thomson was a La Crosse Police Lieutenant, but has since resigned his post.

Gruenke says he will not prosecute the case because of a conflict of interest. A special prosecutor will be appointed and determine what formal charges to file.

The case will be assigned to Judge Elliot Levine, and while Thomson's attorney isn't requesting an out of county judge, in court Judge Gonzalez said it will Levine's decision whether or not to reassign the case.

Gruenke and Thompson's attorney, Keith Belzer both declined to comment after Wednesday's hearing.

Read the statement from La Crosse Police regarding Thomson.  

Reporter Kristen Barbaresi will have more on this developing story here on and on our early evening newscasts.


LA CROSSE Wisconsin (WXOW)— La Crosse Lieutenant Brian Thomson is facing criminal charges.

Thomson, a 15-year veteran of the La Crosse Police Department, resigned as a result of the charges. No details about the charges he faces have been released. Thomson was transported to Monroe County jail, but he will appear in court at 1 PM for a bond hearing.

According to the La Crosse Police Department, Thomson was arrested after an investigation initiated by the La Crosse Police Department. Once criminal activity of an officer was suspected, the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation was called to take over the investigation.

The La Crosse Police Department says they are confident that this breech of public trust is limited to the actions of Brian Thomson.

A release from the La Crosse Police Department reads: "The circumstances that lead our department to request DCI to conduct a criminal investigation on one of our own members, along with the preliminary findings of the investigation that lead to criminal charges are unsettling and in direct contrast to the principles embraced by our members.  One of our primary duties is to hold ourselves and our Department accountable for our actions and today is a vivid example of this.  Law enforcement is a profession that demands the highest integrity and accountability; as such the La Crosse Police Department will not tolerate anything less from its members."  

WXOW will have additional details in our 5, 6 and 10 PM reports and online on

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