Racial mob attacks at Wisconsin state fair

August 5, 2011 09:13

[D]ozens to hundreds of young blacks were beating white people as they left the fair late Thursday night.

By Don Walker of the Journal Sentinel


Officials could not say what started what witnesses said was a series of racially charged incidents that apparently began as early as 7 p.m. in the Midway.

One eyewitness, a concession worker who works near the Midway area, told the Journal Sentinel that large groups of African-American youths ran through the Midway area, knocking over young children and adults, disrupting Midway rides and tearing signs up.

“I have never seen anything like it,” the worker said. “It was mob mentality.”

Another eyewitness, a Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin worker who was with his wife, a daughter, a friend of his daughter’s, a brother and a sister-in-law, said they arrived at the Midway at 9:15 p.m.

At about 9:40 p.m., he said he saw the first of two fights broke out.

“I couldn’t see who was fighting but there was an incredible mob mentality,” he said. The eyewitness estimated the mob at between 30 to 50 black youths.

“We felt threatened. Without a doubt,” the eyewitness said.


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