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Violence Erupts At Pro-Milwaukee County Rally

Posted by Chris Liebenthal on October 4, 2009

There was a good turn out at the pro-Milwaukee County rally today which was held by AFSCME and Milwaukee County First.

The vast majority of rally-goers were union people, but there were also disabled and elderly people concerned about losing their services, and subsequently, their ability to live in the community.

For the most part, things were uneventful, with the exception of some heckling between CRG people and the union people.

Staff at Serb Hall had made certain requests of the rally goers, which were readily complied with. The requests were to just keep it on the sidewalk and let cars pass when they needed to. We left two out of three entrances open, and when someone wanted to use the third, the line stopped to let the vehicle(s) through.

Unfortunately, things turned ugly.

There were two men from the CRG crowd that were obviously intent on causing mischief.

One gentleman, in his late thirties or early forties, went around screaming at people, and bumping into them intentionally. One of the people he screamed at was wearing hearing aids. That person had to take the hearing aid out, because the loud yelling shorted it out, and it wouldn’t stop humming.

The other man, more advanced in age, decided to walk down the middle of the two picket lines, throwing his shoulder into anyone he could, including myself. Then he decided to station himself near the sidewalk and yell obscene things at the rally goers. When one of the AFSCME District Counsel officials told him to just go inside, things turned unnecessarily violent, as can be seen in this video from Fox6Milwaukee.

As you can see, the Walker supporter was clearly the aggressor. As the news story indicates, the police were called and responded quickly. They looked throughout the building for him, but could not find him.

If you recognize this hooligan, please call the Milwaukee Police Department at (414) 933-4444.

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