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Milwaukee police won't change security measures despite Summerfest crowds

Police squad car graphic.
Police squad car graphic.

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Milwaukee Police say they have no plans to change their security procedures at Summerfest, after the state’s biggest music festival was hit with huge crowds during the weekend.

Lots of folks have been critical, after thousands without tickets jammed the entry gates on Saturday. In the end, police and festival officials agreed to open the gates for 15 minutes – and up to 7,000 people got in for free.

Many in the crowd waited over two hours to get in.

An 18-year-old woman told the Journal Sentinel that a man put his hand down her pants while they were jammed in line – a case that could have been a misdemeanor sexual assault under Wisconsin law.

Monday, Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn said folks on the scene praised the police response – much different than the public uproar that followed.

Flynn said things happen in big cities, especially when, “We basically had the city of Green Bay on the Summerfest Grounds in one night.”

Summerfest officials urge folks to print their tickets online before they arrive – and it costs no more to do so.

The 11-day festival took a scheduled day off Monday. It resumes Tuesday, and runs through Sunday. 

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