Wisconsin State Fair wilding: police tapes document mob violence

Cell phone image of the Wisconsin State Fair violence

Cell phone image of the Wisconsin State Fair violence

Police have released their log documenting last week's mayhem at the Wisconsin State Fair.

Witnesses say a group of dozens to 100 African-American teenagers ran wild at the fairgrounds last Thursday, fighting amongst themselves inside the fair and then attacking only white people outside the fairgrounds. Thirty-four people have been arrested, though their names have not yet been released.

"We're outside State Fair and there's a white guy getting beaten up by about 100 black people," says one caller.

Others sounds the alarm: "It's like a fricking riot out there.  They're jumping on our cars and everything."

The transcript details some bizarre attacks, including a beating of a homeless man and a mob looting of a nearby gas station.


Though it contains only the sparest of details, the account gives a sense of the mad, racially-charged atmosphere that reigned at the fairgrounds last Thursday.

Among the more dramatic moments is a report of a group of 20 to 25 black teens assaulting a State Fair worker, whose race was not listed. People in the mob also reportedly pummeled a homeless person. The raging teens also pulled one poor couple off their motorcycle, and somehow dragged the woman--she ended up with a fat lip.

The teens reportedly stomped on cars, and at least one of the kids was slinging a gun. Teens punched victims in the face and the head.

Police interview teens after the Wisconsin State Fair mob violence

Police interview teens after the Wisconsin State Fair mob violence

Here's the timeline from the West Allis Police's log:

2248: State Fair P.D. advised us that they shut the park down early because of a large amount of fights. They report large groups of people leaving the grounds.

2249: Walgreens reports lots of people in the area.

2259: 9-1-1 call received in regards to group of 25 black youths assaulting State Fair worker around 81/Greenfield.

2300: 9-1-1 call received in regards to fight at front entrance of State Fair. People are everywhere.
Groups of people chasing white people.

2301: Call received indicating people are leaving State Fair and heading to 84/Greenfield.

2308: State Fair P.D. reports that people are walking on cars near 84/Schlinger.

2310: Groups jumping on cars at 84/Schlinger.

2311: Angry mob, fights, wrong way drivers, people running in traffic, at 84/Schlinger.

2312: Fight at 1000 S. 84 St.

2314: Kids obstructing traffic and hitting cars.

2315: Person assaulted and has a knot on the head at 84/Schlinger. Party going to hospital on own.

2316: Victim punched in face at 84/Walker by group. Medical denied.

2317: State Fair P.D. reports fights and people jumping on cars at 84/Greenfield.

2318: Mob pulled male and female from motorcycle at 84/Adler. Female was dragged and has fat lip.

2318: Mobs hitting cars at 84/Schlinger.

2321: Victim jumped and almost robbed at 87/McMyron.

2324: Group of guys have a gun in a car near 85/Walker.

2325: Group of guys jumping people near 85/Walker. One had a gun.

2326: People running through yards. One bike stolen.

2330: Kids hitting cars at 84/Walker.

2330: Police report large fight at 84/Greenfield.

2330: Group attack male at 88/Greenfield.

2333: Kid getting pummeled by a group at 84/Schlinger.

2334: Kids jump guy at 76/Washington.

2334: State Fair P.D. report fight at 84/Greenfield.

2335: Fight reported at 85/Greenfield.

2337: Riot at 84/Greenfield. Wife has black eye and bloody lip. Refuse to report incident.

2337: Possible beating and man with gun at 76/Walker.

2338: Fight and theft at 87/McMyron.

2339: Police requesting help at McDonalds. Under control at 2340.

2339: Victim got hit by group of kids at 76/Walker.

2340: Teenagers assaulted male at 76/Walker.

2343: Fight at 76/Walker.

2344: Male assaulted by group. Bleeding, but medical refused.

2351: Homeless person beat up at 76/Greenfield.


2351: Caller got hit in face by group.

2351: Fight at 86/Greenfield.

2351: Fight at 76/Washington.

2353: 20-25 people ran in and out of gas station at 76/Greenfield at stole stuff.

2355: Mutual aid requested - MCSO. MCSO is responding.

2357: Male assaulted by group at 86/Greenfield.

2357: Caller was almost robbed by group at 87/McMyron.

0001: Police report fight at 76/Greenfield.

0045: Mutual aid canceled.