Thousands seek food vouchers in Milwaukee

June 23, 2008 7:50:22 AM PDT
Milwaukee police say some 2,500 people fought and shoved each other on Monday after hearing -- incorrectly -- that they could receive free food vouchers. Authorities say the crowd started lining up at the Marcia P. Coggs Human Services Center about 5 a.m.

They say there had been news reports that people could get free food vouchers from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

But the center was just taking names for the vouchers for people with flood damage to their homes.

Authorities report that a fight broke out about 7 a.m. with shoving and pushing, and people taking a door off its hinges.

Dozens of police and sheriff's squad cars responded to the scene.

Ambulances arrived too but there were no reports of serious injuries.


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