The La Crosse Police Department is investigating an incident that some on social media have labeled a hate crime.
On July 10 early in the morning, a disagreement between several parties occurred outside Broncos Bar and Big Al’s Pizza on 3rd Street, according to the police report.
Officers said 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. 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.” Sgt. Tom Walsh of the La Crosse Police Department said.
The department said the investigation is ongoing and will be forwarded to the district attorney for an ultimate decision on potential charges.
Johnson does have an extraditable warrant out of Oneida County as well.
La Crosse police said the GoFundMe created for Johnson is not consistent with the facts of the case.