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Seven Wis. State Fair Officers Hurt in Mob Attacks


Local law enforcement agencies are investigating several incidents near State Fair Park late Thursday night.

Milwaukee police said that around 11:10 p.m., squads were sent to the area for reports of battery, fighting and property damage being caused by an unruly crowd of "hundreds" of people. One officer described it as a "mob beating."

Police said the group of young people attacked fair goers who were leaving the fair grounds. Police said that some victims were attacked while walking. They said others were pulled out of cars and off of motorcycles before being beaten.

The Milwaukee Police Department, West Allis Police Department and Milwaukee County Sheriff Department all responded to the area.

Police dispatched squads to State Fair Park shortly after 11 p.m. Thursday because of reports a large, unruly crowd was causing property damage and fighting.

Police outside the park said they received four complaints of battery with all the victims having non-life threatening injuries. They said they are in the process of identifying suspects.

Norbert Roffers of Wind Lake told The Associated Press he was waiting with his wife to cross at an intersection near the fair when he was hit in the back of the head.

"I got my bell rung," Roffers said.

Roffers said another man was lying in the street after being attacked until someone came along to help him.

West Allis police said they sent a rescue squad to one of the scenes, but that their crew did not treat anyone.

Police said the incidents happened in various areas near the fair grounds, including near the intersection of 84th and Adler streets.

Milwaukee police said nobody was in custody early Friday morning. They said they are working to identify suspects.

State Fair Park CEO Rick Frenette told 12 News that 24 arrests were made on the grounds Thursday and seven State Fair Police officers were injured.

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