Concerns about Memorial Day crime on lakefront

CREATED May 30, 2011

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MILWAUKEE - With many people expected to celebrate on Memorial Day in nice weather, there are concerns about violence along the Milwaukee lakefront.

In 2010, fights broke out and authorities made many arrests, but for 2011's Memorial Day, Milwaukee County Parks Director Sue Black was confident this would be a safe and fun holiday.

"I don't think so.  We've had a really good weekend," said Parks to TODAY'S TMJ4's Melissa McCrady.

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke has expressed a zero tolerance policy for people causing problems on the lakefront.

His deputies were to be out in what has been described as full force.

Law enforcement was also expected to be on the lookout for drunk boaters and equipment failures like defective lights and missing fire extinguishers.

Police and the Coast Guard remind people to use a life jacket.