Race riots at the Wisconsin State Fair
posted at 11:10 am on August 5, 2011 by MadisonConservative
Just got up, but got tips about this and decided to relay it here at Hot Air, since nothing seems to have been reported. I’ve heard accounts of 200-300 black youths beating and robbing people left and right at the opening day of the Wisconsin State Fair. There’s as yet minimal TV/print coverage(big surprise), but both Charlie Sykes on WTMJ and Vicki McKenna on WISN are reporting on the calamity, as are the news reports on the same stations. People have been calling in and giving eyewitness accounts, but I haven’t caught much of them yet.
According to WISN, neither the West Allis police, nor the Milwaukee police have any comment. Little wonder, given that there are a history of these sorts of attacks in Milwaukee in recent times. It just happened over the Fourth of July, after the fireworks in Milwaukee.
In case you’re thinking that the concealed carry legalization coming in November will help to mitigate this, I should point out that specific text in the bill prohibits any sort of carry at certain types of major open events. I know for sure that carry, open or concealed, will be banned from Summerfest and the Summerfest grounds. I would not be surprised whatsoever that the State Fair is included in this mindless provision.
Just for garnish, there were also pro-union protesters trying to shout down Walker, as he was opening the fair.
Update: a caller on McKenna’s show just indicated that the attacks weren’t restricted to the State Fair, but were occurring well outside, on 84th Street going towards Adler. People being pulled off of motorcycles and being attacked in their cars.
Update: I’m trying to find links to other reports of these kinds of black mobs attacking people in Milwaukee over the last several years, because I’ve seen dribs and drabs in forums from time to time. In my research, I realized that if you want some more evidence of this trend, you need look no further than Milwaukee’s illustrious “Juneteenth” festival. Violence at that little gathering has been a regular event.
Update: A similar incident at Mayfair Mall from January, arising from a girl being accused of shoplifting. I could keep going on with these kinds of mob attacks, but I don’t think it’s really necessary. I just want to give a bit of illustration to the fact that this sort of thing is a chronic problem, and a problem that, naturally, the media has been doing their damnedest to keep quiet.
Update: Heh. An older black female caller to McKenna just voiced that while she disagreed with and didn’t like the concealed carry legalization, she advocated “shooting first and asking questions later”. I get the feeling that a number of others in Milwaukee will be taking that attitude before long.
Update: Whoa. WISN radio just reported that David Clarke, the Milwaukee County Sheriff, just criticized Milwaukee’s black leadership for not doing more to prevent this. If not for the fact that he is black himself, I’m sure he’d be beaten out of his job with the “racist” label. Still, good to see that at least he has the balls to make a public statement.
Update (Ed): The State Fair announced a curfew policy in effect immediately:
“1. All youth under the age of eighteen (18) years of age are required to be accompanied by a legal guardian (age 21+) to be admitted to the Wisconsin State Fair after 5:00 p.m.
2. Anyone 18 years or over may be asked to show a valid driver’s license or state identification card for proof of age in order to be admitted to the Wisconsin State Fair without a parent or guardian after 5:00 p.m.
3. Any young adult under 18 without a valid driver’s license or state identification card and not accompanied by a parent or guardian will not be admitted after 5:00 p.m.
4. Execpetions [sic] and challenges to this policy will be satisfied at the discretion of Fair Management.”
The Jounal-Sentinel gives a more detailed explanation of the events, and doesn’t shy away from the racial angle:
The trouble at the fair started around 7 p.m. Thursday in the midway area, where amusement rides are located, when fights broke out among black youths, said Tom Struebing, chief of the State Fair Police. Those fights did not appear to be racially motivated.
Then around the closing time of 11 p.m., witnesses told the Journal Sentinel, dozens to hundreds of black youths attacked white people as they left the fair, punching and kicking people and shaking and pounding on their vehicles.
At least 31 people were arrested – many for disorderly conduct – in connection with the incidents on the fairgrounds and on the streets outside. At least 11 people, seven of them police officers, were injured, officials said. Twenty-four people were arrested within the fairgrounds by State Fair Police. West Allis police arrested seven people, five of them juveniles, outside the fairgrounds.
Struebing said two injured officers were hospitalized; one was hit in the face with an improvised weapon, the other suffered a concussion.
From that description, it doesn’t sound organized but more like an angry mob turning outward after turning inward. It’s still ugly regardless.