Why were there several fights in the vicinity of the Harley Stage at Summerfest on the night of July 5th?
One explanation is that venue was too small to accommodate the huge crowd there to see Wiz Khalifa.
From FOX 6 News:
Summerfest crowds were large on July 5th and witnesses say several fights broke out. A FOX6 viewer caught Summerfest security breaking up one of those fights.
There was a lot of buzz leading up to Rapper Wiz Khalifa's July 5th concert. Charles Fink shoots video of the packed Summerfest crowds surrounding the Harley stage, where Khalifa's performing. He heard shouting and focused his camera on a fight quickly broken up by Summerfest security.
Director of Summerfest Security Michael Demarco says Summerfest was ready for the 100,000 plus people who flooded the festival grounds on July 5th. "We concentrated a considerable amount of resources into the Harley area. I took resources from the north end of the grounds, the south end. We took from the Amphitheater we concentrated them there and placed them strategically."
...Some people FOX6 spoke with say the rapper wasn't on a big enough stage for the crowds appearing to hear his famous "Black and Yellow" song. Security says he was booked before he became popular and they did the best they could.
No. That's no excuse for the violence.
Behaving badly, being violent, is a choice. It has nothing to do with crowd size.
Here's full video of one of the fights at Summerfest on Tuesday night:
It appears that security did a good job in controlling the situation, preventing the fight from escalating into a massive brawl.
It's disturbing that this was just one of "several fights" at Summerfest that night, but security was prepared.
This is why I cringe when I see small children at Summerfest late at night. It's not a good atmosphere for little ones. It's not safe.
Here's video of the crowd at the Wiz Khalifa concert:
Read the comments at YouTube describing the crowd, the fights and the disorder.