Excessive force was in full effect in Utah County , Utah as Mormon Guardsmen beat some spindley tweakers with loaded glowstix.
Utah County mass gathering ordinance prohibits the gathering of two hundred and fifty or more persons without a permit, bond, and Utah County Commission approval.
Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Darren Gilbert said from previous experience with several sizable raves in Utah County this summer, a large amount of drug use and underage consumption of alcohol takes place, in addition to the dancing and loud music. “Reports of sexual assaults, overdoes, firearm violations, vehicle burglaries,” also are par for the course, he said. Saturday’s rave kicked off at 9 p.m., and by 10 p.m. undercover detectives with the Utah Major Crimes Task Force had observed “numerous illegal activities” involving drugs and alcohol. They also verified that more than 250 people were at the party in violation of county statutes.
By 11:30 p.m., more than 90 law enforcement officers and SWAT team members from Utah County, Provo, and the Utah Department of Public Safety shut down the party. At least 60 arrests were made for weapons offenses, DUI, illegal underage consumption of alcohol, possessions of marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and ecstasy. Arrests also were made for resisting arrest, assault on police officer and disorderly conduct.
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