The near riot on the first night of the Wisconsin State Fair resulted in at least $30,000 in additional West Allis police overtime, city officials estimate.
Although violence didn't erupt after that first night, police had extra patrols in neighborhoods around the fair and took other security measures, including setting up a command post inside State Fair Park for the event's remaining 10 days.
That first night, dozens if not a couple hundred black youths went out of control, first beating each other, then beating whites as they left the fair. They stopped traffic, banged and walked on cars. Some robberies also were reported.
West Allis gets money annually from the fair to help provide year-round security and help with municipal costs associated with having the fair in West Allis, said City Administrator Paul Ziehler. The city and the fair negotiate the amount to go to the city, which is in the second year of a five-year agreement, he said.
The cost of providing services to the fair varies, Ziehler said, but generally the negotiated amount is equitable to both sides. He didn't see a reason to try to reopen negotiations to increase that payment unless this kind of expense recurs year after year.
Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.
Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter Get the Newsletter!
- West Allis on leading edge in health care program
- Irreverent, eclectic 'Haven't got a prayer' show to open in West Allis
- Village Playhouse to open murder thriller in West Allis
- More known about $6.4 million overrun at West Allis-West Milwaukee (4)
- West Allis Police blotter
- The West Allis Players to open 'Barefoot in the Park' on Oct. 2
- Dec. 7 deadline set for pot-bellied pig to be out of West Allis
- West Allis drowning in traffic avoiding Zoo Interchange construction (12)
- Little interest in hearing on West Allis-West Milwaukee 'red' budget
- Flamenco dance and music will bring fire and ice to West Allis studio