On the night of August 4, 2011, at around 11:10 p.m., a mob of “hundreds” of black teens ran amuck at the Wisconsin State Fair Park in Milwaukee. Police squads were sent to the area after reports of “mob beating,” fighting, and property damage. The mob attacked drivers in cars and pulled riders off motorcycles. Altogether, 31 people were arrested and at least 11 people were injured.
The Milwaukee police had been reluctant to call the incidents “hate crimes.” But Chicago’s WLS 890AM reports, August 12, 2011, that a 16-year-old African-American whom police had arrested at the riot admitted he specifically had targeted whites. West Allis police said the teen told investigators whites were chosen because he considered them “easy targets.” Police recommend that he face additional penalties for hate crimes.
The West Allis Police Department now says race was a factor in the 11 violent incidents it’s investigating.
So does Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Asked on WLS Radio’s Roe and Roeper Show Friday if he thought the crimes warranted hate crime status, Walker said:
“I think it is absolutely outrageous, it is a hate crime, and I would imagine the prosecutor will be very aggressive on this. There is no tolerance whether it’s white on black or black on white, there shouldn’t be any tolerance in general for that kind of problems.”
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