More On The Rave Raid
Saturday night, Utah County law enforcement officers broke up a rave in Spanish Fork Canyon(video). First off, allegations of police abuse are unfounded. Many have sworn they will sue the county, but nothing will come of any of these lawsuits, if they are even filed. With that said, however, Utah County's handling of the situation was a joke from the beginning. By their own admission, Utah County knew of the event at least a month in advance. Tickets to the event were available at multiple retail locations and the event was widely advertised. Utah County also knew the organizers had received a health department permit and contracted with EMS personnell to provide emergency care. This is clear evidence that organizers intended to run a legal event. This is underscored by eyewitnesses who claimed organizers produced for police documents they believed satisfied the legal requirements. It's clear now they did not have the proper permits. Another step the organizers took was to hire private security guards who confiscated drugs and alcohol at the event entrance. Despite all of this, there was no effort by the county to help the event comply or to warn organizers to postpone their event pending compliance. Or even warn them that the event would be shut down. Instead, Utah County law enforcement laid in wait for the event to get underway, then shut the party down and arrested the security guards for posession of drugs. Bush league.