Fracas in South Shore Park
May 14, 2012
Police were called about 3:50pm this afternoon when a fist fight broke out between four young men in South Shore Park on the southwest corner of Estes Street and Shore Drive.
Two of the men escaped on foot; one was handcuffed and placed in a squad car. The fourth man, who was sitting on the Estes Street near the curb while the police attempted to talk to him, appeared to be in physical, emotional, or psychological duress, or perhaps under the influence of an intoxicant. His wrists were cuffed behind his back and later he was restrained with ankle cuffs.
Police began to pour glass after glass of water on the man’s face when he began to cry, “Agua, agua.” Prior to his calls for water, he appeared to be nearly unconscious—his head dropped sideways or he slumped forward.
About 4:15, Milwaukee Fire Department personnel arrived and began to attend the him. By this time he had revived, became agitated, and was begging to have his hands released. He struggled against MFD who were attempting to tend to him. Bell Ambulance arrived, lifted him onto a gurney, and into the ambulance.
Numerous squad cars, a fire truck, a MFD ambulance, and Bell Ambulance were on the scene. A member of the Milwaukee’s County Sheriff’s Department came to to investigate but left shortly after he arrived.
A passerby who did not wish to be identified said that the four men were seen earlier near the playground adjacent to the pavilion and that “they seemed drunk.”
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