here is a clip from someone who attended..
Detailed account of what really happened ( this would be the story to read on the air of what happened.)
Utah Forum Database of first hand accounts.
Sherriff´s offical report. Very embelished and false.
Digital Profiles from the Utah jail of the Landowners.
8/22/2005 2:39:05 PM Pacific Standard Time
my friend Nick was one of the musicians at the event, here is what he
had to say....
"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 an 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 was 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
everyone "get the fuck out of here or go to jail". This is where it got
really sticky.No one resisted. That's for sure. They had police dogs
raiding the crowd 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 a few times in the ribs and had their knees
in his back and sides. As they 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 point. 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
One of the promoters friends (a very small female) was attacked by one
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 they needed. They had a 2 MILLION DOLLAR insurance policy for the
event. They had liscenced security guards at the gates confiscating any
alcohol or drugs found upon entry (yes, they searched every car on the
way in). Oh, 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
I can't even begin to describe how surreal it was. Helicopters, assault
rifles, tear gas, camoflauge-wearing soldiers.... why? Was that really
necessary?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 BULLSHIT!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
Talk Radio about this event, Free Talk Live:
Hour 1: Ahh, freedom in America. Cops in camo toting assault weapons raid a rave in Utah, beat up the ravers, and steal their cameras. We discuss raves, the cops, and take your calls.
Hour 2: More about the raid on the rave in Utah, reactions from around the country, and stories from those who were there. / After the show, we have a special segment for our internet listeners.
...anyways, this whole situation is disgusting and sickening. A bunch of jack booted thugs bullying an easy target. Three big amped up armed thugs with dogs and helicopters to beat up young 130lbs girls? How is this supposed to encourage my respect towards law enforcement again? This was planned, the area was under surveillence since before the event started. They could have stopped it before it started if they wanted to. They´re overbearing tactics are cowardly, and reprehensible.
All Hell Breaks Loose in Utah - 2000+ Protest Bush (Video)
by Al Rodgers
Mon Aug 22nd, 2005 at 17:24:32 PDT
# First, Bush was hit Hard with Utah Front Pages.
# Then the ARG Poll comes out showing Bush´s support has collapsed like a wet taco.
# Then over 2,000 citizens, in the reddest of states, marched on Bush.
# The protest was led by none other then the Mayor of Salt Lake City himself - Rocky Anderson !!
And his tag line in his speech to the crowd - "we´re not going to take it anymore!"
ROCKY! ROCKY! ROCKY! ROCKY! ROCKY!
# The 1st link has video of the Mayor´s speech LINK
# The 2nd link is a news radio report from the March LINK
# In the 3rd link, the radio reporter interviews a little girl, who says that her doll is brighter than Bush. LINK
# In the 4th link, the Mayor gives a no-quarter interview with the local hate radio robot. The Mayor is just great in this interview - he hits Bush with the kitchen sink (quick someone e-mail this to Biden).
It´s a little hard to listen to because its a talentless Schmuck who does the interview. LINK
# The 5th link is video of the march LINK
# Below -- we have: more photos, excerpts of the AP story on the March, and graphs from today´s Poll
A Statement from the Organizer of the Event
"I was the main event organizer for "Versus II", I have been throwing parties in Utah for over 6 years now. I have done well over 75 parties, and NEVER in my life have witnessed anything so disrupting!
To clear up any questions any of you had for the event at hand, we DID have all proper permits to host the event on the property that we did. The Utah national guard is one of the agencies that raided the show, and they were the worst ones. That girl you see getting the shit beat out happens to be one of my good friends, keep in mind this girl does not drink, do drugs, or anything of the sort. All she is is a major DNB fan. We also have hand on eyewitnesses with writen statements stating they had witnessed 2 of the ment in camo take a young intoxicated girl into one of the porto-potties during the main coarse of the raid while one of them stood outside a watch. In the mean time we presented the "Utah County Mass Gathering Permit" to the officer in charge and he said" No you do not have a permit for this and confiscated my folder w/ insurance policy, Permits, Business Licsense, and proof of permission to use property for the event.
THIS IS THE COUNTRY WE LIVE IN TODAY!!
IT'S ALL FUCKED!!!
We are in the mistd of organizing a protest party in the capital lawn of salt lake city utah to let our voiced be heard. We will keep all of you informed on what is going on.
I and the rest of my krew appreciate all of the support from everyone across the world, and we do want to let all of you know that we WILL NOT let this matter slide.
We have met with our attorneys and are filing a multi-million dollar class action law suite to accomidate the injuries, mental distress, and everything else that happened to these innocent party goers.
These events that happened are starting to be publicly released nation wide on news stations, national radio talk shows and so on and so forth.
The support from all of you is why! ....
Our Attorney has put together a subpoena being delivered tommorow for the actaul permit, and all approved applications. as soon as week get the certified documents we will post them..P.S. Knick, we will have you back soon.
Respekt to all,
Versus II (SLC, UT.)"
Some news sites already talking about it because concerned people are spreading the info...