August 24, 2005
Utah Cops Kick, Teargas Teens in Brutal Concert Crackdown
[UPDATE 9:30 PM EDT:] Although earlier Google searches turned up much less information, I have located sites this evening that thankfully provide some more details. According to Utah Indy Media and its cited television coverage, the officers were employees of the Utah County Sheriff's Department, not the Utah State Police [which is where I made initial contact, see below] or the DEA [the allegation of which I saw floating around the net]. There is a better write-up at WikiNews. Finally, I'll leave you with a comment I found on freerepublic.com:
"Our founding fathers knew that keeping people from getting high was the most critical aspect of our new country. That's why they made the entire Bill of Rights disposable if drugs are involved.
Oh, wait. No they didn't."
I have contacted the Government of Utah regarding this story, and I will update you readers with any information they provide, as well as with any other accounts I discover.
This kind of thing cannot be allowed to happen. The "camouflage attire" part would be comical if the "assault rifles pointed at people's heads" part didn't so grimly overshadow it.
Though the jackbooted troops apparently confiscated some video records of the incident, at least one got away and is posted at the link above. Watch it, read the eyewitness report, and spread the word.
If you still aren't enticed into clicking, read this excerpt:
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 [f word] out of here right now."
Government | By joe lance | 02:14 PM