Provo Rave BUSTED!
On Saturday there was a huge Rave in Spanish Fork Canyon. The organizers went through the trouble of getting a health permit, but missed getting one for a "gathering of more that 250 people." So, the cops busted the party.
"Utah County Major Crimes was contacted to assist with undercover surveillance. Both local and state SWAT teams were called in to control the crowds ( Utah County Metro SWAT, Utah Department of Corrections out of Salt Lake and Gunnison, Department of Public Safety and their helicopter and Provo SWAT) approximately 90 law enforcement personnel combined.
At 9 pm the Rave party began and by 10 pm Major Crimes observed numerous illegal activities. Which included illegal use of drugs, distribution of drugs, and underage consumption of alcohol."
(Quoted from Utah County Online Story.)
Another news story: Salt Lake Tribune Story ...
Here's a link to a site with comments from the people at the Rave ... an interesting counterpoint to the Media's version (watch out for bad language): http://www.music-versus-guns.org
A few quotes from the site:
- "One was a guy who was walking around with a camcorder stunned at what was happening. A soldier told him to give him the camera now. The raver said no it is my camera. The soldier then proceeded to grab the camera, throw it to the ground and then began beating the kid. In the end they threw him to the ground violently an put their knee into his back while handcuffing him. All for wanting to keep his property. When I last saw him he was knocked out and unmoving."
- "I had three grown men attack and beat me and throw me to ground for absolutely no reason at all. Not to mention being dragged to a van and violently being tossed in and taken to jail. Fined for resisting arrest and another outrageous charge."
- "The police were rounding up the staff of the party and the main promoter went up to them with the permit for the show and said "here, I have the permit." The police then said, "no you don't" and ripped the permit out of his hand. Then, they put an assault rifle to his forehead and said "get the **** out of here right now."
So, did the police blow the whole thing out of proportion or are the people who were there just making excuses and upset about getting caught?