Clown fights cop: Wisconsin officer, civic activist tussle in Milwaukee


It's the type of video that is bound to be a web sensation.

A man dressed as a clown gets into a brawl with a Milwaukee police officer, and it's all caught on camera.

"I pulled up to the stop-light on the corner of Water and Wells, and I kind of happened to look to my right because there was a little bit of movement of a police officer approaching this man kind of dressed as a clown, but you couldn't really tell. It was really weird," said witness Mitch Cooper.

He said he couldn't believe what he was seeing. He pulled out his phone and pressed record.

"What's going through my head is a cop beating up a clown. How can I not capture this video and show it to all my friends?" So I had to  whip out my phone and hit on video."

The man dressed as a clown is a civic activist often spotted outside government buildings.

Friday he was outside City Hall. Police wouldn't go on camera, but say they received several complaints when the man was suspected of chasing cars with a squirt gun.

When police arrive, they said the clown resisted arrest.

"The officer reached for him, and then all of a sudden, the next thing you know, they're on the ground, tussling and rolling around. the officer started punching him, and then another officer showed up, and it looked like they were about to arrest him. It was pretty funny. The clown was resisting, so the cop needed to do what he needed to do to make sure he was safe."

Cooper said he just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
"It was funny to witness, probably not so fun for the clown, but as a spectator, it was pretty entertaining."