185,000 dance music fans packed into the LA Colisseum to see DJs including Benni Benassi, Moby, Swedish House Mafia and Armin Van Buuren with many on drugs, LAPD Deputy Chief Pat Gannon told the LA Times.
The California police chief complained that ‘there is an absolute culture that ecstasy and other drugs are used to enjoy this kind of music” and said undercover cops could have easily arrested far more people than the 118 busted over the 2 day affair.
“I had 40 plainclothes detectives from narcotics and vice working it,” said Gannon. “If I had a thousand I would have made 1,000 arrests, it was so packed with drugs.”
As the event finished Electric Daisy organizers issued a cheerful ‘thank you’ message praising the ‘smiling, dancing people enjoying and sharing in the same vision that we do’ though several days later issued a somber follow up.
“The passing of a young woman who attended Electric Daisy Carnival is a tragic circumstance. Our hearts and prayers go out to her family and friends at this difficult time,” they said.
“We are currently reviewing the entire event and planning process with our security team, law enforcement and the city officials who participated in organizing and planning Electric Daisy Carnival.”
Coliseum President Barry Sanders announced a moratorium on raves at the sports stadium until their next meeting and told Mercury News he hopes to extend the ban indefinitely. Their stance will add more pressure on the owners of the Cow Palace stadium in Daly City to introduce a similar after two people died and three several suffered multiple organ failures at the Daly City dance party on May 29.
“This is the largest number of patients — presenting all at the same time — that I’ve ever seen that were so critically ill,” Intensive Care specialist Dr. Irwin Shelub told the Bay Citizen News, weeks after the event, “(It was) akin to a natural disaster which was of catastrophic proportions.” (New York Times)
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