Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Police Raid Music Festival in Utah

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Utah, 8/20/2005. A small fully permitted outdoor Drum and Bass gathering called "Versus 2" was the scene of a surreal amount of excessive force and tactics of cultural intimidation. Approximately 60 armored, helmeted and camouflaged Utah County Sheriffs officers armed with Police dogs, Tasers, MP5 submachine guns, rifles, batons and tear gas stormed the DJ booth and the dance floor. Still and video camera operators were singled out for abuse, police violence and confiscation of image recording devices. At least one video clip has made it to the net, helping spread the news globally within the Electronic Dance Music community within 24 hours. (Video Links: please use the torrents here or randomly choose one server here (1 2 3 4 5 6 7 ) to help spread out the bandwidth costs.)

Flashback to 6/31/2005 in the Czech Republic. Flashback to 70 years ago.

More coverage: Daily Kos - Utah Indymedia - Drug Policy Alliance - Democracy Now (Audio) - more.


5 Comments:

At 8:15 PM, Blogger bloodshot and half-blind said...

haha - yesterday i blog the same thing as jan. today i blog the same thing as you... too funny.

 
At 10:24 AM, Blogger Carl Weaver said...

It didn't look unnecessarily violent. I wonder who they were arresting and on what grounds. Drug use? Warrants? There's no info about what was going on with the cops or what these folks were doing right before their arrests.

What really bothers me is the threat of arrest for not turning off the camera. That's why I always keep the red light turned off - with that light off you can't tell if it's recording or not.

 
At 6:10 PM, Anonymous danlevine said...

not just threat of arrest -- several other video cameras and even camera phones were comfiscated.

didnt look unnecessarly violent? No one there resisted arrest. People were put in jail with broken noses, black eyes, dog bites, etc. Girls (probably on drugs) were taked into port-o-potties by soldiers and sexually harassed. (lawsuits coming, i would assume)

From what I gathered, there were no warrents and the party was fully permitted. (both those are unverified)

 
At 8:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

UTAH POLICE ARE CORUPT AND RACIST AGAINST ANYONE NOT MORMON I HAD ONE BEER AND DROVE PASSED THE TEST AND STILL ARRESRED ME FOR DUI UNDER DRUGS WICH I ALSO PASSED AFTER JAIL A LOT DF MONEY AND I WAS INNOCENT WATCH OUT THEY ASSUME YOUR ON DRUGS IF YOU DRINK AND ARREST YOU ELLEGALY IF YOUR NOT MORMON

 
At 11:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What ever happened with the lawsuites that people had against the police for this raid?

 

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