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Boys Sought After Police See Web Video of Vicious Beating of Tosa Boy

Detective monitoring the internet recognized assailants as Wauwatosa students.

Two Milwaukee brothers who attend Wauwatosa schools, one 13 and one 14, were being sought for arrest on suspicion of aggravated battery after a Wauwatosa police detective recognized them viciously beating another boy in a video posted on the www.worldstarhiphop.com website.

Police contacted school officials, who watched the video and confirmed that the assailants were Wauwatosa students and recognized the site of the incident as the playground. Frank Calarco, the principal of West High School, was able to identify the victim as a West sophomore.

Police then contacted the boy's parents and interviewed the family.

The 15-year-old victim told police that he had had a run-in earlier with the 13-year-old in late June. He said he and a friend had been in the Tosa Village area and he had seen the 13-year-old hitting a girl in .

He said he had stepped between them to protect the girl, who made her escape, and then the boy had threatened to bring back his older brother to beat him up.

Weeks later, he said, he had again been in the Village with a friend and as they were walking home past Lincoln School, both the brothers, backed up by six more boys he had never seen, surrounded the victim on the playground.

He told police that first the older brother confronted him and demanded that he fight. He refused. The boy began to punch him in the face, and then told his younger brother to step forward and punch him too, which he did.

Not satisfied that his younger brother had hurt his victim, the older boy held the West student while exhorting the 13-year-old to hit him again and again.

Finally, the older boy forced the victim to his knees and then kicked him in the head with his knee. After that, the victim managed to flee, bleeding badly from the mouth.

The victim called his mother but told her he had fallen and cut his lip. He said he didn't want to tell her about being beaten up because he didn't want to worry her.

When she picked him up, she found him covered with blood and with a piece of his lip hanging loose. She took him to the hospital, where he required four stitches. His mother believes that his lip may be permanently deformed.

The detective's report said that the video, which included an audio recording of the event, corroborated everything the boy told them. The report said that the assailants were verbally abusive and profane throughout the incident, and that the victim never tried to fight back.

The report mentioned that near the end of the video an adult voice can be heard shouting from a distance, possibly trying to break up the fight. There was no mention that any adult had reported the fight at the time or had been interviewed since.

Calls to Wauwatosa School District officials were not immediately returned. The video appears to have been taken down from the site.

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Editor's note: This story has been corrected since publication to reflect that the two suspects in question at the time. Based on an erroneous police report, the first published version of the story said that they had been arrested when they had not been. The suspects and are awaiting a hearing date in Children's Court.

pupdog1 August 29, 2011 at 08:08 PM
And they made a video! That's Charles Darwin's way of tidying things up.
Michelle August 29, 2011 at 11:09 PM
What in the world is happening to tosa?? Used to be a great city to raise your kids....time to move west!!
Meghan August 30, 2011 at 03:51 AM
This makes me sick I have lived in Wauwatosa for 27 years, went to and graduated from Wauwatosa East. It's just not what it use to be, kids getting beat up, people getting jumped, hell I am even afraid to walk my dog at night. Time to get out of dodge before this happens to my son.
Michele Braze August 30, 2011 at 12:06 PM
What's happening in Tosa doesn't really have anything to do with "thugs from Milwaukee" as much as it does with who is raising these kids? Where are the concerned parents who should be stepping in when they see kids behaving this way. Hitting a girl in Hart Park? There weren't any adult joggers or walkers who could have stepped in? Kids fighting on Lincoln playground? No residents or parents around to stop this or call the police? Stop thinking that "moving west" is going to solve these kinds of problems! And my thanks go out to the one child who seems to have been raised correctly for standing up for the right thing.
IntegrateMKE August 30, 2011 at 12:34 PM
"Getting the hell out of dodge" is precisely why we have problems like this. White flight isn't going to make these problems go away. It is simply going to exacerbate the problems that naturally arise when a metropolitan area is segregated along lines of race and class. I guess the problem will go away for those who flee -- this problem, anyway.
John August 30, 2011 at 12:55 PM
Schoolyard fights have been around (in 'tosa) for as long as I can remember; I know, I had more of my share through St. Joseph's, Whittman and 'tosa West. At times they were necessary to establish yourself, and at other times, a right of passage. The difference between then and now is the gang mentality and that worries me. Social media is now fueling new tactics that few 13 year-olds can comprehend the consequences. The parents must parent and the citizens must help police.
IntegrateMKE August 30, 2011 at 01:31 PM
I am reminded of conservative pundit Norman Podhoretz's fascinating take on racial tensions and bullying. He wrote about his own experience being bullied by black kids in his famous essay "My Negro Problem -- And Ours." The title is dated, yes, but I think has a thoughtful take on this very difficult subject: http://www.lukeford.net/Images/photos/out.pdf. Folks on all sides of this issue recognize that something needs to be done before these proliferating attacks get worse. How can we come together as one unified city? What will it take for us to speak in an open and honest manner about the covert racism and prejudices that keep this city segregated?
Michelle August 30, 2011 at 02:17 PM
Those who want to stay and not "get out of dodge" that's your decision. As for me I have kids I am going to protect and that is my decision!!
Meg August 30, 2011 at 03:01 PM
This boy--the victim--is amazing for his courage. His parents did something very right. My heart goes out to him. Once he heals, I hope he can use this experience to advance tolerance in this ever more jagged world. People will listen to him.
LumberJack August 30, 2011 at 03:33 PM
These thug boys are well known in the neighborhood, let's see if the powers in Tosa have the guts to kick them out of the school district.
Chris Johnson August 30, 2011 at 03:35 PM
This actually was intervened and reported. Mine was the adult voice shouting to the boys to stop as I came to them from my front porch. After a group of kids ran off, I gave the boy some water and a towel for his mouth, then called the police. A squad car came by in minutes. This is a great city to raise kids because there are great parents committed to raising them. And they aren't Milwaukee thugs, they're Milwaukee kids, just the same as ours would be if they were in their place.
LumberJack August 30, 2011 at 03:46 PM
Hey Chris, how many normal kids video tape their beatings and post them on the internet? They are racist thugs who target white kids and they know that people like you are going to apologize for them and not punish them. You will sing a different tune when your children are targeted by these racist feral mongrels.
Chris Johnson August 30, 2011 at 04:11 PM
Jack, I hear what you're saying. You're right, my tune would change if my kids were targeted - it would make it much harder for sure. I'm not apologizing, I'm empathizing. At their core, these are kids who would benefit from adults recognizing their true worth and potential, rather than be the recipients of destructive labels they might choose to wear. We can't separate ourselves from these kids if we desire something better for them. There is power in our words. And for the record, it wasn't a white kid that was targeted that evening on the playground.
pupdog1 August 30, 2011 at 04:45 PM
It has everything to do with thugs from Milwaukee. Do you actually think a 13 or 14 year old gangster-in-training doesn't have free will? What they don't have is a conscience, or an ounce of personal responsibility. I hope you don't get mugged on the way to your next encounter group meeting.
LumberJack August 30, 2011 at 06:25 PM
Chris, I beg to differ but this victim is white and the two thugs are black ...they have been harrassing white Tosa kids for some time now, and I believe that the victim and his family have a perfect civil lawsuit against the school district. The school district has been protecting these boys since they started causing trouble at Longfellow, and have continually shifted all blame to the white victims. It is a shame that Mr. Hughes and Mr. Ertl have not been men enough to stand up to the very loud, and obnoxious mother of these two monsters.
Jim Price August 30, 2011 at 07:09 PM
LumberJack, please – you are welcome to state your opinions but not to state as fact things you cannot know and which are not true. You are forcing me to break my own rule of not publishing irrelevant racial identifiers in order to correct the record: The victim in this incident is an African-American boy. However, to your point it would not matter if he were white because this was in no sense a random attack. The victim had courageously intervened to protect a girl from the younger brother. As a result, he was specifically sought out neither because of nor in spite of his race but because of his character. I would ask you to confine your comments to facts and to opinions based on facts.
LumberJack August 30, 2011 at 07:17 PM
Mr Price, I apologize for disagreeing with you, this is your web page and you make the rules. I guess we differ on who or what is "African American". Please continue your wonderful investigative work, you are far ahead of the rest of the media outlets in this area. Please also investigate the alleged wrong doers, I know from personal experience as does the rest of this neighborhood that these two thugs have been bullying and harrassing kids, this is a fact.
Jim Price August 30, 2011 at 08:05 PM
LJ, it's entirely possible that I myself owe an apology to readers if I have also somehow mischaracterized the young victim's racial identification based only on a police report. This exemplifies the dangers inherent in using race as a reference point in the identification of subjects in reporting. Perhaps Chris Johnson was more eloquent in simply saying the boy was "not white," and perhaps it were better still if we all left it to each individual to choose his or her own point of reference. I thank you for reading and responding to Wauwatosa Patch. I will continue to try to provide the best possible coverage of our city, and I hope that I will be able to follow up with a reliable report on the perpetrators of this unfortunate incident to the extent that is permitted under the protections of the juvenile code and school rules.
Chris Johnson August 30, 2011 at 08:53 PM
Regardless of our differing perspectives on how to respond to situations like this, I do appreciate a venue for civil dialog. I think our lack of honest, public conversation about issues that involve race/culture/economy is one of the reasons our great city of Milwaukee is known for its not-so-great segregation in these areas. It's easy to get mad and/or scared and add our own brand of hatred in the mix. It's not so easy to listen to others who see things differently and respond respectfully, but that's precisely what's needed to start a new legacy for ourselves and our neighbors. Thanks for disagreeing while continuing to engage in the conversation, LumberJack. Thanks for venue, Jim Price.
Father of the victim September 01, 2011 at 01:03 AM
To Chris Johnson, Words cannot begin to express my family’s gratitude for your actions. We believe that your willingness to intervene surly prevented my son from being harmed further.
Father of the victim September 01, 2011 at 01:06 AM
To Jim Price, We commend you on your reporting efforts. Your article is clearly the best overall summary of the INCIDENTS involving my son and his attackers. While many choose to point out the obvious racial component, you've clearly ascertained that race was not the motivation for the attack of my son. Just the same, for those who find this tidbit of information of importance, my son is an African-American. Our family hopes that this truth does not diminish the level of outrage many of your readers have voiced.
Father of the victim September 01, 2011 at 01:06 AM
To the Wauwatosa Community, Over the last three days we’ve stood by and watched the mother of the two assailants attempt to characterize her children as the VICTIMS of on-going harassment at the hands of Wauwatosa children other than my son; while at the same time trying to condone their actions as “self- dense.” At the same time, many of your postings point to situations in which “the school district has been protecting these boys since they started causing trouble at Longfellow, and have continually shifted all blame to (the victims).” Perhaps the district does not have all of the information necessary to proceed with expelling these “thugs.” This is where the Wauwatosa community we believed in enough to plant roots, must step up. We would encourage all the readers of this site to flood the office of Superintendent Ertl, and the offices of the seven Wauwatosa School Board Members. Sharing any history that you may have with regards to these “gangster(s)-in-training” is the only way that we will be able to ensure that they won’t be in school with YOUR CHILDREN this fall.
New2Tosa September 01, 2011 at 02:16 PM
Father of the Victim, I don't know the best way to contact you, but my son was/is being bullied by this family. Most of the harrassing happens in the village area which I am sure the school cannot do anything about, but the Tosa Police Department know very well the problem with these boys and their very belligerent mother. Keep your identity private on this forum, the mother and her boyfriend(and other family members) get involved(if you know what I mean). If you have an email address please post it so I may contact you, the Tosa Police are a better resource than the school district. The Tosa East principal is useless, I think he is friends with the family and will not help you. Thank you.
Father of the victim September 02, 2011 at 04:06 PM
But PLEASE, don't stop there... Call your friends, the parents of your child(ren)’s friends, and the neighbors you can SAFELY talk to, and implore them to take action by coming out Saturday, or calling in to Dr Ertl's office. Please understand that my wife and I are not asking that anyone risk the safety of their family. We're only asking that the residents of this great community let their anger be known to those who can make a difference; the school board, school superintendent, and the district attorney's office. There may never be a clearer case for getting these boys expelled from our schools. And, think about it... do we really want one? The time for action is now!
Father of the victim September 02, 2011 at 04:08 PM
New2Tosa, Let me start by saying how terribly sorry I am to hear of the difficulties your son is having with this family. Please know that he and your family are in our prayers. That being said, its stories like yours that Dr Ertl and the School Board must hear. As vicious as the attack against my son was, without community support, I fear your child and many like him, will continue to be victimized by these bullies. Because my family's faces and identities are already tied to this mess, please feel free to use this situation as your opportunity to anonomously voice your outrage. I will provide any letters of support, or evidence of other nefarious activities by these boys (or this family for that matter) given to me when I meet with Dr Ertl next week. My e-mail address is: DavisAccounts@wi.rr.com Additionally, I will be in the village this Saturday afternoon passing out flyers to drum up support. Feel free to come out and join me. I will be accepting any letters you'd like me to take to Dr Ertl at that time.
mr.truth September 06, 2011 at 09:53 PM
Mr. new2tosa/christman didnt u push this kid and call a negro pushing kids dont solve anything esp when ur an adult
mr.truth September 06, 2011 at 09:57 PM
the kid who recorded the fight and posted was white so where are u going with black hood gang thing and the 7 kids who watched/whitness the fight are also white i think theres only 2 black kids in the video
mr.truth September 06, 2011 at 10:04 PM
Mr. jim price how could u print a story on your page with out getting both sides of the story. if you watched the tape there are 7 whitness which all have the same story that the younger brother was slapped by this female and never fought her back and the victim push the suspect and threatened him the next day the victim seen the 13yrold once again and took off his shirt and charged at the younger suspect and one of the whitness ran to get the older brother and thats when the tape begins. NOW THAT MAKES ME THINK WHY WOULD THIS KID TELL HIS MOTHER HE FELL IF HE WAS BEING A HERO TO SAVE THIS GIRL ?
mr.truth September 07, 2011 at 02:15 AM
whats crazy is the posse was all white boys
mr.truth September 07, 2011 at 02:16 AM
if there was three black kids fighting and the rest were white i think a white kid recorded it

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