BBadger wrote:- Someone in our convoy got pulled past the gates for having no license plate on the trailer. However, since the car was registered in Utah they couldn't do anything so they just let us go.
- Saw some police searching some poor sap's van when entering. Rangers were observing.
- Some suspected narcs entered our camp claiming "we're your neighbors" asked for some weed "to go to sleep." Said we didn't have any; they left.
All consented to search, and gave up their pot, and were given a 500$ ticket and allowed to continue. Dogs were not brought out and the schedule 1 drugs were not found.
Gunslinger wrote:Was this someone with you in your convoy or did you see me getting pulled over? haha... after explaining Utah didn't need small open trailer tags for the third or forth time the should we call in the dogs line was loosed. I said, Fine. But I'm going to sleep while I wait and started to adjust the seat back. I was told to move on at this point.
MacGlenver wrote:On day 2 I was out near the man and I saw 2 police trucks speeding over to the 10 o'clock area (they cut off the Dancetronauts art car going ~30mph, it had to hit the brakes). I looked at the area they were headed towards and saw a flood of police lights (roughly 20-25 cars). Later in the week I heard that the police I saw on day 2 were doing random raids that started at center camp and hit several parties. Supposedly there were police with flack jackets and dogs.
Fiver wrote:MacGlenver wrote:On day 2 I was out near the man and I saw 2 police trucks speeding over to the 10 o'clock area (they cut off the Dancetronauts art car going ~30mph, it had to hit the brakes). I looked at the area they were headed towards and saw a flood of police lights (roughly 20-25 cars). Later in the week I heard that the police I saw on day 2 were doing random raids that started at center camp and hit several parties. Supposedly there were police with flack jackets and dogs.
Monday night I think I saw the same thing. I was tired after a long day of setting up camp and I was just riding around the playa with my virgin friend showing her the man and the temple. We decided we were tired and were headed back to rest up at camp when I saw two or three police cars speeding across the open playa at a very very unsafe speed. They were headed in the direction you mentioned. Kind of put a damper on my night as I just assumed that someone was having a very s****y time somewhere.
I saw a lot of EMT responses this year and only a few arrests on Burn nite. In general I tried to chat with police officers whenever I could just to say thank you for being out there. Burning man may be a giant massive unhinged party in the desert but there does need to be some people out there with level heads to keep it under control. Most if not all of my interactions with the police and LEO's were very friendly and nice.
vapor wrote:I was riding from center camp to my camp (Opulent Temple) and saw the cops ripping across the playa. My first thought was "wow they are driving fast", second was "damn, must be something really bad happened". Got back to camp, saw 15 or so cop cars, bunch of cops standing around . . . nothing on fire (other than things that were supposed to be), no collapsed structures, nobody dead.
One of our camp members said he asked the cops what happened and they said somebody jumped 5 of their officers. Another camp member said that a guy was running through the dance floor yelling and asking if anyone had any blow. Then, the cops tackled him, he escaped, they tackled him 2 or 3 more times and kept getting away. They got tired of that game and shot him with a taser. I heard the "got away several times and shot with taser" story from multiple eye witnesses, so I believe that part to be accurate.
I don't have an opinion on the validity of shooting him with a taser, but holy shit !, the speed they were driving right across the center of the playa was totally irresponsible, reckless and unjustified. Had to have been around 40-50 mph . . . I was really pissed to find so many cops already there and such a relatively minor situation. Just goes to show they really, really don't have much serious cop work to do up there and any incident attracts a bunch.
All that said, in general I thought the LEO's were very relaxed and cool as the week went on, at least at our camp. Sure, they were around, they were watching the dance floor and busting obvious infractions. But not nearly as intimidating and disruptive to the vibe as the past few years. In particular the BLM rangers seemed to be genuinely enjoying the event, they complimented us several times on the camp and music, a few asked to be invited to events off playa to attend as private citizens.
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