La Crosse's assistant police chief isn't backing down.
Rob Abraham raised eyebrows last week with a social media post critical of the local justice system and local sentencing of criminals involved in gun crimes.
The tweet was in response to repeat offenders involved in recent shootings.
Citizens should demand Lax judges & prosecutors take a ZERO tolerance stance on gun violence..no plea deals, let a Lax jury decide! https://t.co/YpM7aV2545— Rob Abraham (@Rob_Abraham) April 12, 2017
Since then, he hasn't changed his mind, either.
"I'm sick of people who are involved in gun crimes not being put away for maximum penalties," Abraham said on WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM. "I think it's ridiculous that the community has to be subjected time and time again by the same individuals and the same crimes, being gun-related crimes."
"I'm fed up with the fact that we keep seeing the same people over and over again," he said. "We keep coming up with excuses on why they shouldn't be locked up."
The comments stem from two high-profile shooting cases on the south side in the past week and a half involving repeat offenders had gotten off easy in La Crosse county courtrooms.
"The message should be sent that if you commit a gun crime in La Crosse County, you should expect the maximum penalty," Abraham said. "That would send a message. That is not the message that gets sent here.
"You're going to keep seeing the same things over and over again until we start sending that message."