Breaking the raves (video)

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"Utah County Metro SWAT, Utah Department of Corrections out of Salt Lake and Gunnison, Department of Public Safety and their helicopter and Provo SWAT" were sent in by the clowns there to break up a rave on Saturday night. So says the sheriff's report on the situation. A DJ at the rave posted his account here, on Apollo's diary.

That's right: a dance party. This is how America treats kids who want to dance? With SWAT teams? My God. There had better be rock-solid proof -- and soon -- that these kids were plotting to poison the water supply, smuggle dirty bombs to terrorists or drain the Great Salt Lake.

Because if this really is some kind of Footloose-style Jihad on teens dancing to bad music and (allegedly) dabbling in corny drugs, that is not just pathetic but a dangerous misuse of law enforcement (one video of arrests here).

I suspect that the sheriff's statement will, in due time, be found to be mostly B.S. -- valuable perhaps for appreciating just how stupid the overreaction really was. The humorous note in the sheriff's statement (though, like I said, I suspect there'll be more dark humor to come as its claims fall away bit by bit) is the continued use of disburse instead of disperse.

Unless there's some law enforcement lingo to which I'm not privy, disburse means to dis-purse or to take money from. (Daily Kos)

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