The latest summer fun to be hit by youthful stupidity is the Wisconsin State Fair. Last night at the close of business, a high number of youths decided it would a good time to turn the Fair Midway and South 84th Street in West Allis into a UFC style cage match.
I could touch on many of the same topics my blogging brethren have already stated; black on white crime, thuggish behavior, etc.
However, the thought that's been on my mind all day is this: how much longer will this continue? The City of Milwaukee in the persons of Mayor Barrett and Police Chief Flynn have stated that police presence will be increased at the State Fair as well as any other weekend festival in the City.
That's great and all, but what's the cost?
Does this mean overtime for more foot patrols, or will other shifts be thinned out to accommodate the extra festival patrols?
This incident makes the second time this summer that a group of young people has run rampant; I realize on both occasions that the crowd grew quickly and seemingly without warning, but how do you stop this?
From most news reports, it appears to be a black on white issue; blacks youths were going after white fairgoers, while leaving black fairgoers alone. This doesn't help the image that Milwaukee is a racist, segregated city.
Will this discourage people from attending the fair? I know my wife and I are still going. We planned on attending on Saturday during the day anyway, and we saw no reason to change our plans. I will, however, be a little more cautious about what's going on around me while we are there.