Madison Police: Mifflin St. Block Party Needs To End

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Madison police are joining other city leaders in opposing the annual Mifflin Street block party. They say the alcohol-fueled event leads to violence and exorbitant police costs.

A police report on the 2011 event says the block party “simply cannot continue.”

The 42-year-old event takes place near the end of the University of Wisconsin-Madison school year. The report says this year’s party was marred by violence that included two stabbings, three sexual assaults, three injured officers and 162 arrests.

A Wisconsin State Journal report says Mayor Paul Soglin has also called for the annual parties to end. However, he acknowledges it might take years to fully eliminate them.

Alderman Mike Verveer agrees. He says police arrived at a “fine conclusion” but ending the event is easier said than done.

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  • jeb

    Can you say, “P-A-R-T-Y”

  • TPaw

    Maybe some of the problems were created by the Gov Scott “Wacker” don’t care who I step on attitude directed at the fine students at UW-M and citizens of Wisc.

    • what an idiot

      Yeah I am sure it has everything to do with Scott. How stupid can you be?

      It’s called democrats, and welfare. Why else do they flock to cities and ruin things for other people?

      • TPaw

        So I’m stupid? What is “stupid” about the truth? Are you the type that feels name calling and dumbing down opinions is how to handle issues? Are you afraid of your own shadow also? Do you even have a clue as to how to live life without someone leading you around? Scripture says “do onto others as you would have them do unto you” think about it son. Good Luck

        • Otto

          You are both showing your stupidity by trying to tie any part of this story into a political problem. It is a story on public safety

  • sarah

    They can really drink in Wisconsin! Hardcore

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