6:47 a.m. CDT, August 9, 2011
The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Department released 911 audio from the opening night of State Fair. These tapes display the graphic details of attacks, some of which were racially motivated. We also spoke with someone who could put that part of the story in perspective.
Most callers tell dispatchers they see a racially motivated melee. One caller told dispatchers, "A whole bunch of black dudes f----- jumped on me. I'm bleeding all over."
West Allis Police recently released a statement on what took place at State Fair on opening night. They say there are currently nine assaults, one robbery without a weapon and one attempted robbery with a weapon being investigated.
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Investigators are cooperating with the Milwaukee Police Department to identify the people who perpetrated the opening night crimes. The suspects have been described as African Americans. The victims were either Caucasian or Hispanic.
Additional police officers will be deployed in the neighborhoods surrounding State Fair. West Allis Police call this their Closing Night initiative. They have also installed several new cameras at key points surrounding State Fair Park.
Arno Michaels understands all too well the hate driven mob mentality as a former leader of Milwaukee's white power movement more than 20 years ago. He says, "When I was that age I made these kids look like Boy Scouts. I routinely attacked people, because of the color of their skin."
These days, Michaels helps young people and anyone who will listen understand and stop violence. Michaels warns tough talk and more anger will only make a repeat of the opening night event more likely.
The West Allis Police Department released a timeline outlining the calls for support made that evening.