MILWAUKEE -- Sun and warm weather over the Memorial Day Weekend brought crowds to Milwaukee's lakefront, but they didn't stay there. Dozens of teens left a trail of disturbances Sunday, May 27th in a neighborhood that's seen this before, and it was caught on camera!
Warm weather, mixed with a holiday weekend is a recipe for a busy day at the beach. When it ended, large groups of teenagers climbed the hill and wandered down North Avenue. Some of them tried to steal patio furniture, but that was just the beginning.
A group of beach-goers ended up at the McDonald's restaurant on North Avenue. At around 8:25 Sunday night, the McDonald's was the scene of a teenage brawl.
FOX6 News obtained amateur cell phone video showing the chaos (see below).
"I seen like, eight motorcycle cops, two horse cops, about five cop cars, seven cops across the street. They were right here on the sidewalk right in front of McDonalds, and they were climbing over the rail bottoms, standing here yelling to go, stop, or keep fighting," Alan Miller, who witnessed the ordeal, said.
The owner of the McDonald's restaurant did not want to go on camera or release surveillance video of the incident. However, she described about 30 teens involved in the fight. She said during the chaos, a broom was used as a weapon, and two chairs were thrown.
The McDonald's owner says police showed up quickly and were able to disperse the crowd of teens.
Miller is a regular at the McDonald's, and has seen this kind of thing before. He says it won't be the last time either.
"I figured everyone walking down to the lake cause it's a nice day, I think something's going to happen that day," Miller said.
The incident is similar to one last Fourth of July when a mob ransacked a gas station just a few blocks away.
A Milwaukee Police Department spokeswoman says the department made only four arrests Sunday evening -- all for resisting or obstructing an officer.