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Police defend Summerfest crowd control


MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- The Milwaukee police department is defending the decision to let in hundreds of people to Summerfest for free Saturday night.

The crowd was a bit of safety issue as people rushed all three gates trying to buy tickets.

Police let in people for free for about 15 minutes to alleviate the issue.

Police chief Ed Flynn says they handled the larger-than-anticipated crowd effectively.

"It was a big event. It was safely managed, without injury, without major arrests and without major incident. And I think it's overall something the city should be proud of. We host the biggest international music festival in the world safely and effectively," said Flynn.

Summerfest recommends buying tickets and printing them off at home, rather than buying them at the park.

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