Thursday, July 5, 2007

Suburban Race-Baiting Overlooks Out-Of-Towner Law Breaking On The Lakefront

Interesting that arrests of people living outside Milwaukee County make up the majority of recent arrestees at Summerfest, and I've seen this ratio earlier, too.

Attention Mark Belling and Pete Kennedy - - both Waukesha Freeman columnists who have gratuitously bashed Milwaukee lately while playing the race/fear card:

How do the numbers in this short story below from The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel fit into your demagogic templates?

"THURSDAY, July 5, 2007, 11:21 a.m.
By Diana Sroka
48 arrested Wednesday at Summerfest

"The Milwaukee Police Department reported today that 48 people were arrested Wednesday at Summerfest.

Of the 53 charges filed, 29 were for underage drinking, 10 were for drug possession, seven were for disorderly conduct and three for resisting an officer.

"Two people were arrested for outstanding warrants and 30 [note: more than 60%, addition mine] of the people arrested were not Milwaukee County residents."


Ben Masel said...

Infractions that will net Wisconsin residents non-custodial citations lead to arrests for out of State folks, so the numbers get skewed.

Anonymous said...

yesterday, we were up to 61 of 66 being from outside Milwaukee. and it's not clear that the police are citing Milwaukee (or other Wisconsin) residents but not counting them in the totals . . .

anyway, I think Jim's main point is that for all those suburbanites who scream about how out of control folks in Milwaukee are, this shows that's not necessarily the case. It's a question of perspective.

FRIDAY, July 6, 2007, 9:17 a.m.
The Milwaukee Police Department reported today that 66 people were arrested Thursday at Summerfest. . .

Sixty-one of the people arrested were not Milwaukee County residents.