CREATED Sep. 3, 2011
WEST ALLIS - More than 130 law enforcement officers from seven different agencies saturated the area around West Allis City Hall Saturday – all an effort to keep the peace during a neo-Nazi rally in response to the State Fair mob attacks.
“They (officers) were basically everywhere,” said Deputy Chief Charles Padgett with West Allis Police Department.
Padgett said federal agencies also aided. The FBI helped local law enforcement develop a strategy.
“They were advisory and they were helping us as to getting information to the group as far as past history with the group so we knew what to expect.”
About 75 members and supporters of the National Social Movement rallied outside the West Allis City Hall. Thousands counter-protested their message from the streets. Temporary metal fencing, backed up by a fence of officers in riot gear, separated the two.
Officers were positioned in different areas in the streets, on top of buildings, in the area with the National Social Movement members and within city hall.
Milwaukee’s mounted patrol and M.I.R.T. team were on hand along with West Allis police, Greenfield police, Milwaukee County Sheriff, State Fair Police, Wauwatosa Police and the State Patrol.
Padgett said in all, five people were arrested three people for possession of weapons, two others for disorderly conduct.