Mob of young people attacks crowds at Wisconsin State Fair

4:14 PM, Aug 5, 2011   |    comments
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WEST ALLIS, Wis. -- Witnesses say a crowd of young people attacked fair-goers as they left State Fair Park at the end of opening day.

Milwaukee police confirm squads were dispatched to the park shortly after 11 p.m. Thursday because a large, unruly crowd of people was causing property damage and fighting.

Norbert Roffers of Wind Lake says he was standing with his wife at an intersection waiting for the traffic light to change when he was hit in the back of the head by two young people. Another witness, identified only as Eric, told a local radio station the attackers were pulling people off their motorcycles.

People who were there told WTMJ, Milwaukee's NBC affiliate, that the attacks seemed racially motivated. Witnesses say young black people beating white people as they left the State Fair.

Eric, a war veteran, said that the scene he saw Thursday outside State Fair compares to what he saw in combat.

"That rated right up there with it. When I saw the amount of kids coming down the road, all I kept thinking was, 'There's not enough cops to handle this.' There's no way. It would have taken the National Guard to control the number of kids that were coming off the road. They were knocking people off their motorcycles."

Some witnesses described attacks on the State Fair Grounds as well.

Police have not confirmed the number of people suspected of attacking, or the number of people injured. They say that some injuries were serious, and local hospitals were attending to the injured.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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