Gang fights cause havoc at Stratford ...

Gang fights cause havoc at Stratford carnival

There are 45 comments on the Connecticut Post story from May 17, 2010, titled Gang fights cause havoc at Stratford carnival. In it, Connecticut Post reports that:

Gang fighting disupted a weekend carnival forcing families with young children to flee in terror.

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The Sam Brothers

United States

#1 May 17, 2010
It is outrages that these thugs would fight at the carnival scaring many people. Give them serious jail time. We are sorry for the kids.
the dude

United States

#2 May 17, 2010
whoa wheres the love??

gangfighting at the carnival.

bad mojo, dudes.
What do you expect

United States

#3 May 17, 2010
No carnivals will go into Bridgeport anymore so where else are those animals going to go? Obviously the closest one on the bus route. This state should annex Bridgeport, no one can stand that scumbag city anyway..
Rich W

Madison, CT

#4 May 17, 2010
It is a sad time when incidents like this happen, you have to feel bad for the families out for fun on a Saturday night, the sponsor of the event, and as usual the Town. There are no excuses for stupidity. But its 2010 and its now the standard practice to organize an event like this only to have this occur. I wonder how much money was spent at the "carnival" by the youths who attended.
I'm sure this started building up early only to see it get ugly later. Let me guess "they were talking about me". Ya, lets fight! Whatever...
Please let me know when the next Stratford event is and who is holding it so I could pencil it in. Ya, right.
Coleman Bros

Trumbull, CT

#5 May 17, 2010
Does Coleman Bros NEED an entry fee If your going to TRAP ppl there should be a capacity limit
Coleman Bros

Trumbull, CT

#6 May 17, 2010
Rich W. The gang fight was actually posted on Facebook. This was a planned fight. Very sad, I was there during the day, I went back to dinner at the ninety nine rest and saw the beginings of the fight when the police started pulling in. Some people/Families with children, etc were trying to leave but the *gang* members were crowding all around the front gate, they had no way out! If Stratford or any other town wants a carnival they should choose someone other than Coleman bros, they always LOCK you in because they want that $1 entry fee. And Misses Coleman is a mean woman, I met her that same day at the carnival. Long story, but she treated me with anything but RESPECT, so she will no longer get my money, I blame the carnival for allowing WAY too many people in such a small area.
Coleman Bros

Trumbull, CT

#7 May 17, 2010
Great job to the Stratford Police, I met a few of them because of my run in with Misses Coleman and they were FANTASTIC. I feel sorry for the families who were there to enjoy their time and all the police who had to deal with the gang idiots.
Rich W

Madison, CT

#8 May 18, 2010
To Coleman Bros, like you, I also experienced that "carnival" and like you I think Coleman Bros is shady. I wonder if some kind of fee or permit is needed or is it sponsored by an organization and do they need approval. That will be the last cent I spend here. Most people were stuck there in traffic and could not help but notice the different departments of police who had to respond and quell the problem. Maybe Coleman should have to pay the price for the time police had to spend there. It is safer to go out of town to have a good family fun atmosphere. I will no longer attend Stratford Day, Fireworks, etc. its not worth it. These youths do not want to control themselves. Kind of reminds me of what happened at Mid-Way a couple of years ago. NO THANKS!

Brooklyn, NY

#9 May 18, 2010
First, I would like to say "GREAT JOB" by the Stratford police and the other depts that responded. It was just the wrong place to have the carnival just to small of an area. No matter what you think of the owners they did need to file for a permit and it was approved by the town. Its just another way for "SCUM" to bring our town down. Stratford PD keep up the good work, when you have some low life, uneducated, piece of crap, scum sucker that does not listen you did what you needed to do. Thanks for keeping my family safe.

Yorktown Heights, NY

#10 May 18, 2010
I'm shocked that a gathering of mostly negros turned into a melee..that never happens

Middletown, CT

#12 May 18, 2010
these types of traveling "carnivals" and gangs have always gone hand in hand together.
you remember the "carnival shoulder" move, walking by someone and they stick out their shoulder to bump you intentionally to START a fight.
mostly con artists, pickpockets and gangs, esp. that annual debolicale at seaside park.
Coleman Bros

Trumbull, CT

#14 May 18, 2010
This happened around 10:30 or a little later. I believe state and surrounding local police (Bpt, Milford) were called in around Midnight, but the actual fight started around 10:30, just as I was coming out from the Ninety Nine Rest. I am sure a premit was required but it does not EXCUSE the overloading of people within the samll carnival area. Whether you have 1 acre to have the carnival or 100 acres there needs to be a limit as to how many people you cram into that area. I am sure that Six Flags, and other theme parks have capacity limits, why shouldn't carnivals? This gang fight was posted on Facebook, it was advertised. Invites were sent out. This was not something that happened simply because someone bumped into someone else. They all went there because they were invited VIA facebook and told there would be a fight! Regardless if it was a planned event or a fight that simply started while at the carnival there were way too many people in that small area! As I said earlier why IS COLEMAN BROS always charging a $1 admit fee? I was at a carnival in Trumbull a few weeks ago, no entry fee, and $20 wrist band, ride ALL day. Bargain, Bargain, Bargain.....The Rotary clubs generally profit off them, so sad that you don't read how Nintey Nine Rest DONATED the water bottles being sold for a bargain price of $1 at the gate, how much does Coleman Bros donate? I imagine not much! The Carnival did not have all the carnival type food stands, instead they had the Rotary club members cooking you great hamburgers/hotdogs etc, with cheaper beverages. Why does Coleman bros charge you $1 entry fee, rape you for their food and beverages, and also rape you on ride tickets. Maybe if they didn't charge so much these KIDS would ride the rides instead of fighting. They are inner city with little to no money, the only thing they know and have to do is fight but if COLEMAN BROS would lower their prices maybe these kids could ride the rides......
Coleman Bros

Trumbull, CT

#15 May 18, 2010
Daw, I believe if my memory is correct when Father Panic was closed those residents were moved to Stratford, but from my understanding most of the fights that broke out were not Stratford residents, they were Bridgeport residents. It is unfortunate that a black eye will be given to Stratford because of a greedy carnival company and unwanted guests from another city.
Just My Thoughts

Tarrytown, NY

#16 May 18, 2010
Unfortunately, in today’s world, this is happening all over. not just in our hometown of Stratford, but in many others throughout the United States. The mentality of these gang members are really beyond me. No sense of respect or regard of human life! This to me is very, very sad. Sending out invitations via the internet, to a fight, means that they were not going there to enjoy the rides like the families who were there trying to have a little fun with their families. They went there with the main goal/intention to incite a fight,/riot and really not caring who they take down be it a man, a woman, a precious child or Police Officer. Soon, no one will want to take the responsibility of holding these types of events. Thank God no innocent person was hurt. Lastly, I would like to thank all of the Police Officers for their service and for responding so quickly to what could have become a deadly situation.
Good Person In BPT

Bronx, NY

#18 May 18, 2010
What do you expect wrote:
No carnivals will go into Bridgeport anymore so where else are those animals going to go? Obviously the closest one on the bus route. This state should annex Bridgeport, no one can stand that scumbag city anyway..
Alot of good people still live in bridgeport. Don't be ignorant, you're no better then the thugs. The situation is unfortunate. But things like this happen everywhere ALL OVER connecticut. You're speaking like a biggot and that in my eyes is just as bad if not worse then those hoodlums.

Since: Sep 09

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#19 May 18, 2010
Bring back the old fashioned freak shows.
zoo keeper

United States

#21 May 18, 2010
There has to be a way to keep those bridgeport thugs out of stratford. Maybe the Stratford Police can hug the town line and not let those un-educated thugs in. Bridgeport is a town of losers. Why can't the earth open up and swallow that whole city. What a great representation of bridgeport youth. Total disgust in that city and their education system. Where are their parents in this?

Since: Sep 09

Location hidden

#22 May 18, 2010
Nevertheless wrote:
You used to be in many of them. You are the biggest freak of all.
You and your lover could be big stars on display in the troll tent.

Jackson, NJ

#23 May 18, 2010
amazing........ the people were out of control!
talking freakshows

United States

#24 May 18, 2010
In Bridgeport wrote:
Bring back the old fashioned freak shows.
with you on this earth everyday is a freak show. you are an old fashioned freak show from the day you were born and every day you are alive

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