The West Allis Police Department has reached out to neighboring Greenfield for support in anticipation of a neo-Nazi rally planned for Sept. 3.
The rally, set for the afternoon at West Allis City Hall, 7525 W. Greenfield Ave., is being organized by the National Socialist Movement.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, it is unknown how many NSM demonstrators, or anti-demonstrators will be on hand, but West Allis police have requested the assistance of other local policing agencies, including Greenfield's.
"They called us and we’ll send a couple guys over there to help out as part of our mutual aid agreement," Greenfield Police Department Captain Paul Schlecht said. "To what extent and what we’ll be doing, we don’t know, but they asked if we had some people available and we do."
Schlecht said Greenfield’s involvement - number of officers and specific tasks - might not be known until the day of the rally, when the crowd begins to take shape.
"No one knows how big it will be," Schlecht said. "But our presence will be there."
The rally, according to the Journal Sentinel, is in response to black-on-white violence, like the attacks at State Fair earlier this month.
An organizer of the rally told the Journal Sentinel she expects the rally to be peaceful. An excerpt on the NSM website describing the rally says, "On Sept. 3rd there will be a mobilization of battle hardened White Men in the Milwaukee area, to welcome any flash mob, and stand in defense of the American way of life."