Milwaukee and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee police say they arrested 39 and cited 41 Saturday night, as part of an operation aimed at intensifying their presence on the east side near the college campus.
The operation is in response to area resident complaints of drunken and disorderly behavior from college students, police say. Of the 39 arrested Saturday, 25 were UWM students and six college athletes.
The breakdown of charges is as follows according to police:
- Excessive noise — 11
- Disorderly conduct — 4
- Underage possession/drinking — 22
- Obstructing — 3
- Public drinking — 1
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Milwaukee police, along with UWM Police, held a “Roll Call in the Street” Saturday afternoon to promote a message of safety and partnership as students return to the UWM area and its surrounding neighborhoods.
Milwaukee police say they are working to address any issues and to return the neighborhoods to those who deserve to live there free from crime, fear and disorder.
“Saturday they did have a bigger presence, and we did have a quieter night. Unbelievable disrespect sometimes. You can have your fun and not wake up the whole neighborhood doing it,” Patch media partner FOX6 quoted area neighbor Phyllis Talarczyk as saying.
Talarczyk told FOX6 it’s tough for her and her five-year-old daughter to sleep at night, and dealing with the noise and parties is the cost of urban living.
Meanwhile, a UWM student told the TV station police targeting college parties could be considered a waste of resources.
“It’s Saturday night. Shouldn’t you be out trying to find drunk drivers?” the UWM student said.