TAMPA, Fla. (970 WFLA) - Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee has sent a letter to three community groups hoping to get their support in preventing another incident of mayhem among teenagers at the Florida State Fair.
Last Friday, hundreds of teens stormed through the fair's midway, vandalizing property, accosting fairgoers and even targeting law enforcers. Deputies were overwhelmed by the chaos and had to close down the fair early Friday night.
In his letter to the Hillsborough NAACP, the pastor of Beulah Baptist Church and the Hillsborough Sheriff's Office's Black Advisory Council, Gee says the "overwhelming number of youth and young adults arrested or ejected from the midway for misconduct were African-American, and I recognize the responsiblity to address this issue and ensure that the circumstances are not repeated in the future."
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