Post by bunnylebowski on May 21, 2013 9:09:28 GMT -8
I attended the festival last year and was arrested and thrown in county jail in Euphrata. I am still trying to fight this charge and have racked up $6000 so far in lawyer and court fees. Here is my (not unique to me I am afraid) story:
I was walking the pathway between the campground to the festival grounds on Saturday around 3pm heading towards the gates. I am a 31 year old female, 5'2" and I weigh 125 pounds. I was walking with my hands in the pockets of my (very fitted, thin merino wool zip up) shirt. I had a bag over one shoulder slung around my back with my wallet, camera and water bottle in it. A security guard screams at me from out of nowhere to take my hands out of my pockets. My friends and I (I had 5 friends walking in with me who all witnessed this) stopped in our tracks. I said "why???" and he goes "to show me what you are hiding". I pulled my hands out of my pockets, showing I had nothing in my hands. Apparently this pissed the security guard off even more bc he saw I was innocent of his accusations so he grabbed me and escorted me away to separate me from my friends. I figured they would check my bag, see I had no contraband and send me on my way. Instead they handcuffed me and told me they were taking me to county jail for disorderly conduct. They did eventually search my bag and of course found nothing. I hadn't even had a drink yet that day. I sat in county jail with hundreds of other festival goers for 3 days before any of us could be seen by a judge.
I have never been arrested or charged or convicted of any charge in my life. I was traumatized by this experience as was the other hundreds of people in the jail with me all weekend. I have been to many, many festivals before and always had a great time before this experience. If you search on google for "arrested at Sasquatch festival" you will see many other stories like mine, including a video of a girl tackled and cuffed for dancing at the Sharon Jones set in 2011.
So as you walk or drive onto festival grounds/camping onto venue property this year, know that you can and will be arrested by LiveNation security for anything and everything they want to accuse you of, and you will sit in county jail until you can get seen by a judge on Tuesday morning and bailed out by your friends who have to stay in George until then, missing work, to bail you out. Then you will spend a year fighting a very corrupt Euphrata court system where the police and judges lie to back each other up to cover each others stories no matter how many witnesses you have of the incident. And if you are from Canada you may lose your job or have your passport flagged from being able to travel freely within the 2 countries in the future no matter what the courts rule in your case (ie even if you are found innocent).
Signed, A person very sorry to have gone to Sasquatch last year