Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Police Brutality

I was asked by a commenter why I don't believe the rave raid abuse allegations will go anywhere. First, the much vaunted video tape shows no abuse. There are people on the ground, but that's standard arrest procedure. There is no evidence of abuse on the tape. Second, there are accounts of savage beatings and dog maulings, but so far no injuries have surfaced beyond bruises that can easily be attributed to being thrown to the ground and handcuffed. Rough handling by the police during arrest is not new and not an abuse.

6 Comments:

Blogger Ken said...

I will defened the police from this way to Sunday, they risk thier lives daily to protect us from the scum of the earth, but it seems that the police did use extreme measures to subdue and remove the crowed.

I know there was the potential of things going very badly if they didn’t go in with enough force, but there is much more danger of things going badly when you go in armed to the teeth. Thank goodness no one got killed.

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8/25/2005 01:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You give someone with a little authority, a lot of attitude - and a gun - and there could be trouble. Overreaction maybe a little bit, but they did find drugs and guns so you can't blame them for being well prepared.

The arguement I've heard on the news from the party goers' attorney is ridiculous. He says you can find drugs at any concert in Utah and we don't see police swat teaming those venues. But this situation is much different. Its out in the middle of nowhere, different infrustructure altogether concerning facilities and security...it just requires a different method of law enforcement.

I don't see much of a case against the police either.

8/25/2005 09:48:00 AM  
Blogger Shawn said...

There's something strange about the whole permitting process that surrounding this event. I've worked in County government before, and if you issue the wrong permit, it's on the County. The fact that Utah County knew about this for a whole month in advance and did not direct the permit applicant to the right process is negligence at best and entrapment at worst. Maybe they were unaware or misled about the number of attendees, but the raid obviously took at least a couple days' worth of preparation and whether the number of attendees violated the terms of approval could not have been confirmed until the actual time of the event itself. It seems that if the Utah County Sheriff's Department really were administering blind justice, then they have made an initial contact and then brought in backup.

8/25/2005 10:23:00 AM  
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