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Police: no hate crimes at State Fair

Police: no hate crimes at State Fair

By Nick Iannelli. CREATED Aug 9, 2011

WEST ALLIS - West Allis police have released new information on the incident at the Wisconsin State Fair on opening night during which large groups of people caused widespread violence.

The police department issued a statement with details of arrests, saying "None of these incidents possessed elements that would compel the pursuance of a 'hate crime' prosecution."

Witnesses reported attacks on the opening night of the fair that seemed to be racially motivated with young African Americans beating up white fair goers, but police say at this point there is not enough evidence to support such claims.

The report lists only a handfull of arrests but there were more than two dozen so the investigation is ongoing.

The State Fair has since stepped up security with the help of local and state authorities and officials have promised there will not be a repeat of the incident.