All Wisconsin Cities

Click here for an alphabetical listing

La Crosse Officer Guilty

WXOW News out of LaCrosse reported that a police officer accused of stealing drugs out of the evidence room has pleaded guilty in a plea agreement. The former police lieutenant (he resigned his position) was charged back in August, after other officers conducted an in-house sting. Brian Thompson was suspected of taking evidence because of the inordinate amount of time he spent in the evidence locker – a secure area police use to store drugs and other items. This was not part of Thompson’s normal duties.

Court documents say that the La Crosse Assistant Police Chief instructed Thompson’s supervisor to offer bait. A duffel bag with clothing and a bottle of fake Oxycontin pills was used. Thomson was asked to check the bag and admit it into evidence. Video cameras recorded Thomson riffling through the bag and then he subsequently claimed there were only clothes in it. The fake pills were found to be missing. Later, Thomson admitted to fellow officers that he had taken the pills.

The plea agreement stipulates no jail time but rather, three years probation for the offense. Arguably, the worse punishment is losing his career as an officer and the respect of the community. Thomson admitted to having a drug problem and said he’d taken methamphetamine from the evidence room as well.

The hope is that Thomson will get help for his drug abuse problem. Clearly, if he lost his job over it, he has a real problem. And unfortunately, this will continue to happen with other officers in other departments – they are as human as anyone else and subject to the power of illicit drug abuse. If there’s a silver lining, it might be that this case demonstrates conclusively that there are enough ethical and honest officers around to keep the “blue shield” from protecting those that drift outside the lines. It’s no small matter for a police lieutenant to get busted and his position didn’t prevent it.


The contents of the web site (the "Site") are for informational purposes only. The Information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, tests or treatment, and does not create a physician-patient relationship. This Site and Deep Dive Media ("the Company") are not responsible for sending you to, referring you to or making recommendations about a doctor, a professional practice or health insurance company. NO LICENSED PHYSICIAN-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP IS CREATED BY USING INFORMATION PROVIDED BY OR THROUGH THE USE OF THIS SITE INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, TREATMENT CENTER REFERRAL FUNCTIONS OR LINKS TO OTHER SITES. The Company makes no guarantees, representations or warranties, whether expressed or implied, with respect to professional qualifications, expertise, quality of work or other information herein. Further the Company does not in any way endorse the individuals described herein. In no event shall the Company be liable to you or anyone else for any decision made or action taken by you in reliance on such information. You are STRONGLY ADVISED to perform your own due diligence prior to selecting a health care professional with activities, such as making confirming telephone calls to the appropriate licensing authorities to verify listed credentials and education. In addition you can further verify information about a physician or medical provider by confirming with the doctor's office, your current physician, the medical association relative to the doctor's specialty and your state medical board. See our Legal Statement for the complete terms and conditions governing your use of the Site.


Why Did You Visit This Site?
I am looking for treatment
A friend or family member is looking for treatment
Just Looking for Information
Total votes: 102
Call 1-855-216-4673 anytime to speak with an addiction specialist. Insurance Accepted.