“It was 100% racial,” claimed Eric, an Iraq war veteran who told the station that young people beat on his car.Witnesses describe numbers varying from "dozens to hundreds", running between cars, pulling people out to beat them, knocking at least one person off a motorcycle and viciously assaulting that person. Eric said:
"I saw them grab this white kid who was probably 14 or 15 years old. They just flung him into the road. They just jumped on him and started beating him. They were kicking him. He was on the ground. A girl picked up a construction sign and pushed it over on top of him. They were just running by and kicking him in the face."The Milwaukee Star-Tribune reports:
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said he thought the attacks were premeditated.Business Insider probably has the most honest headline, "Race War at Wisconsin State Fair".
"I believe that a group of individuals, young people, got together and decided that they would wreak havoc on families, on people who wanted to take their families to a safe gathering at State Fair. I am outraged by what happened," a visibly angry Barrett said. "I will not tolerate any behavior like that in this community."
At first impression, this is like the flash crime mobs we're seeing widely around the country, but (of course) I have no way of knowing if it was coordinated online. Several of the reports I've seen give the strong impression it's the clash across the Bracken cube: perhaps corners 1 and 8 in this case.
Black Hawk Down" comes to mind; of the lone American (Delta Operator?) sitting on the ground by a downed helicopter, emptying his sidearm into the crowd over and over, until he's out of ammo, and the crowd wreaks its revenge.