Authorities release 911 tapes of State Fair mob attacks
Jay Sorgi and the WTMJ News Team
Click on the audio links to the left to hear some of the 911 audio
(WARNING: GRAPHIC LANGUAGE/CONTENT)
WEST ALLIS - Milwaukee County officials are releasing 911 tapes from the mob attacks that happened on the opening night of the Wisconsin State Fair.
They describe the nature of the attacks, and some callers particularly claim a racial overtone ot the attack.
Caller: "We're outside State Fair and there's a white guy getting beaten up by about 100 black people,"
Caller: "84th Street right by the Pettit Center."
Callers: "It's like a fricking riot out there. They're jumping on our cars and everything." "There's 300 black people." "There's, like, a riot." "You better get some cops down here by State Fair Park." "There's about 200 kids out here beating guys up."
Another caller graphically described his mother getting beaten up as they were driving away from the scene to safety.
Caller: "My mom just got attacked by a black mob, and her eye is, like, bleeding."
Dispatcher: "Where are you?"
After a lot of confusion, caller: "We're on 84th and the freeway."
(A woman is repeatedly screaming in the background.)
Caller: "She's bleeding a lot."
The 911 dispatcher told the family to drive to a fire station on 84th Street to get medical treatment.
Another situation described the anger a husband felt about her wife getting attacked.
Caller: "My wife comes home with a fricking black eye, and you guys ain't doin' (expletive) about it?"
When the 911 dispatcher asks if she needs medical, attention, he responds, "You need to get the (expletive) riot squad over there and haul them off to jail."
Another caller described how some attackers were opening car doors.
Caller: "My friend just got hit in the face. They opened the car door and hit her in the face. They pounded her car."
More than two dozen people were arrested and several innocent fair goers were hurt when a giant mob of people flooded the area around the fair grounds.
At least seven police officers were injured amid the chaos, and we are now hearing some of the cries for help as fights broke out and property was damaged.
State Fair has stepped up security and authorities are still investigating the incident.