“This behavior will not be tolerated:” Alderman announces enforcement strategy for ‘Miltown Throwdown’

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Motorcycles in and around Milwaukee for Miltown Throwdown

MILWAUKEE — Following a meeting Monday, September 28th with officials from the Milwaukee Police Department, Alderman Tony Zielinski has announced a new strategy for curbing the dangerous nuisance behavior associated with the summer’s “Miltown Throwdown” motorcycle gathering in Milwaukee.

During the event, Zielinski said riders blocked traffic, drove recklessly, damaged property and created a public nuisance.

Hundreds of motorcycles traveled through Milwaukee on Saturday, August 8th — and there was a collision between a bike and a Milwaukee Police Department squad car near 6th and McKinley. But before that, 911 calls indicated motorcycles were speeding down the street, riding on sidewalks and running red lights.

The motorcycles were taking part in the “Miltown Throwdown” event — an unsanctioned motorcycle rally where a massive group of sport bikes took over the roads.

At least one person was hurt in that collision involving the bike and the MPD squad. It was captured on camera.

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Prior to the collision near 6th and McKinley — dispatchers were flooded with dozens of 911 calls. Callers reported motorcycles driving erratically and causing havoc on the roads.

“Milwaukee’s rich motorcycle heritage was sullied by a handful of bad actors and poor behavior,” Alderman Zielinski said. “But with some proactive policing and the targeted enforcement of our existing ordinances, we have a plan to prevent a repeat of what happened in August.”

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Using news footage and videos taken during the event, Zielinski said MPD has identified participants who served as spokespersons for the event. MPD will hold these individuals responsible, as de facto organizers, for obtaining a permit to host any future events, as well as any traffic violations they may incur.

Failure to obtain a permit would make each organizer subject to a $500 citation for hosting an unpermitted event under city ordinance 105-55.5, as well as a $500 citation for unlawful assembly.

“The organizers of Miltown Throwdown, and anyone else who would disrupt the safe flow of traffic and the peaceful character of our neighborhoods, are on notice,” Alderman Zielinski said. “This kind of behavior simply will not be tolerated.”

Event permitting information is available at milwaukee.gov/SpecialEvents.gov

11 comments

    • mayor mccheese

      WHY DONT YOU WORRY ABOUT MY CABOOSE? THERE WILL BE NO CRIME IN SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN ONCE MY TROLLEY BEGINS RUNNING ON ITS 4 MILE LOOP DOWNTOWN. I P00P ON ALL NON-TROLLEY FORMS OF TRANSPORTATION. 💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩💩

    • gerry mayers

      All unlawful action by anyone or group should be a top priority by law enforcement. It’s time to put a stop to these acts since this generations today don’t seem to care about life or anything else.

  • mayor mccheese

    I FULLY ENDORSE ALL CRIME ON THE STREETS OF MILWAUKEE AS IT STRENGTHENS THE CASE FOR MY CHOO CHOO TROLLEY. THERE WILL BE NO CRIME ON THE TOMMY EXPRESS. 💩 :hankey:

  • Milwaukee Resident

    Why was not the police officer reprimanded and punished for reckless driving? You can clearly observe in the video footage, the police car swerving recklessly in traffic, then suddenly stopping for no reason, causing an accident. Two wrongs don’t make a right. Was I the only person that observed that? Just curious to know why the officer is not in trouble?

  • Glenn Frankovis

    Would it be too much to ask the reporter covering this story to ask Alderman Zielinski exactly how the Milwaukee Police Officers are supposed to “crack down” on this conduct if the operator(s) of the motorcycles refuse to stop for a Squad’s red light and siren in light of the restrictions placed on them by Police Chief Ed Flynn’s Pursuit Policy?

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