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Rave raided in Utah - assault rifles, teargas, dog attacks....
by pooter
Monday Aug 22nd, 2005 10:36 AM
"This was one of the scariest things I have ever witnessed in person. I
can't even begin to describe how surreal it was. Helicopters, assault
rifles, tear gas, camoflauge-wearing soldiers.... why? Was that really
Please pass this on. I believe people are starting to organize around
this incident.

Originally Posted by knick evl ntnt

Last night, I was booked to play an event about an hour outside of Salt
Lake City, Utah. The hype behind this show was huge, they presold 700
tickets and they expected up to 3,000 people total. The promoters did
amazing job with the show.. they even made slipmats with the flyers on
them to promote in local shops.

So, we got to the show around 11:15 or so and it was really cool. It
all outdoors, in a valley surrounded by huge mountains. They had an
amazing light show flashing on to a mountain behind the site, the sound
was booming, the crowd was about 1500 people thick and everything just
seemed too good to be true really. Well...

At about 11:30 or so, I was standing behind the stage talking with
someone when I noticed a helicopter pulling over one of the mountain
tops. I jokingly said "Oh look, here comes big brother" to the person I
was with. I wasn't far off.

The helicopter dipped lower and lower and started shining its lights on
the crowd. I was kind of in awe and just sat and watched this thing
circle us for a minute. As I looked back towards the crowd I saw a guy
dressed in camoflauge walking by, toting an assault rifle. At this
point, everyone was fully aware of what was going on . A few "troops"
rushed the stage and cut the sound off and started yelling that
"get the fuck out of here or go to jail". This is where it got really

No one resisted. That's for sure. They had police dogs raiding the
of people and I saw a dog signal out a guy who obviously had some drugs
on him. The soldiers attacked the guy (4 of them on 1), and kicked him
few times in the ribs and had their knees in his back and sides. As
were cuffing him, there was about 1000 kids trying to leave in the
backdrop, peacefully. Next thing I know, A can of fucking TEAR GAS is
launched into the crowd. People are running and screaming at this
Girls are crying, guys are cussing... bad scene.

Now, this is all I saw with my own eyes, but I heard plenty of other
accounts of the night. Now this isnt gossip I heard from some candy
raver, these are instances cited straight out of the promoters mouth..

- One of the promoters friends (a very small female) was attacked by
of the police dogs. As she struggled to get away from it, the police
tackled her. 3 grown men proceeded to KICK HER IN THE STOMACH.

- The police confiscated 3 video tapes in total. People were trying to
document what was happening out there. The police saw one guy filming
and ran after him, tackled him and his camera fell, and luckily.. his
friend grabbed it and ran and got away. priceless footage. That's not
all though. Out of 1,500 people, there's sure to be more footage.

- 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 fuck out of here right now."

Now.. let's get the facts straight here.

This event was 100% legal. They had every permit the city told them
needed. They had a 2 MILLION DOLLAR insurance policy for the event.
had liscenced security guards at the gates confiscating any alcohol or
drugs found upon entry (yes, they searched every car on the way in).
I suppose I should mention that they arrested all the security guards
for possession.

Oh another interesting fact.. the police did not have a warrant. The
owner of the land already has a lawsuit against the city for something
similar. A few months ago, she rented her land for a party and the
police raided that as well. And catch this, the police forced her to
LEAVE HER OWN PERSONAL PROPERTY. That's right. They didnt arrest her,
but made her leave her own property!!!

Don't get it twisted, this is all going down in probably THE most
conservative state in the USA. And this is scary.. a gross violation of
our civil liberties. The police wanted this party shut down, so they
made it happen. Even though everything about this event was legal. The
promoters spent over $ 20,000 on this show and did everything they had
to to make it legit, only to have it taken away from them by a group of
radical neo-con's with an agenda.

This was one of the scariest things I have ever witnessed in person. I
can't even begin to describe how surreal it was. Helicopters, assault
rifles, tear gas, camoflauge-wearing soldiers.... why? Was that really

This needs to be big news across the USofA. At least in our music scene
(edm as a whole)... this could happen to any of us at any time. When
we're losing the right to gather peacefully, we're also letting the
police set a standard of what we can get away with. And I think that's

The system fucked up last night... They broke up a party that was 100%
legal and they physically hurt a lot of people there at the same time.
The promoters already have 6 lawsuits ready to file with their lawyers
and the ACLU is already involved.

I'm sure some pictures (and hopefully some video) will surface soon.
I'll make sure to post them up here on 404, so you can see the Police
State of America at work.

p.s. - there are more stories of police brutality that i'll post up
later. gotta hit the airport soon. can't wait to get the fuck out of
this shit hole state.


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This is typical Utah institutional abuse, supported by legislatorsrakoTuesday Mar 27th, 2007 6:44 PM
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