Uploaded on Aug 6, 2011
Governor Scott Walker is now ordering the state patrol to provide extra security at the fair after reports of mob violence at the fairgrounds.
According to witnesses, a large group of black teenagers rampaged thru the midway late Wednesday with several fights breaking out.
Police say the violence then continued outside the fairgrounds after closing, and there were several attacks that may have been racially motivated.
Authorities estimate that hundreds of people may have been involved.
According to police the fights started on the grounds before 7 p.m. The fair was consequently shut down about four hours later.
"There were many fights, when the fights broke out more people ran to the fights," State Fair Police Chief Thomas Struebing said.
Amidst the chaos, State Fair Police arrested 24 people inside the gates. Seven of their officers were injured, two severely enough to be hospitalized.
One officer was hit with an improvised weapon, the other was hit in the face and suffered a concussion.
The two officers were off-duty today and have since been released from the hospital.
"I was really shocked," Sabrina Socolick, a witness, said.
One vendor inside was the victim of theft.
Outside a bus driver was attacked and hit in the head, prompting Milwaukee transit to step up security today, police were seen photographing his injuries Thursday night.
"It was like a swarm of bees coming out," said Larry Brown.