Utah coppers raid Halloween party — because of dancing! WTF?

This is absolutely not a joke. Police in St. George, Utah raided a family fun center that was hosting a Halloween party because the event included (gasp!) dancing:

The “Monster Mash” was an event organized by the Heart of Dixie event group that advertised unlimited access to the bumper boats, go-karts, mini golf and a dance party. The event was to run from 9 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday.

Sometime between 9:30-10 p.m., around five-six St. George Police officers arrived on scene instructing that no dancing was to take place, said Brett Crockett, owner of Fiesta Fun Center…

The city issued a permit. We applied for a special event permit for a “dance”. It was issued. Then when they had no way to shut it down they produced additional pages to the permit that we were not given on which they had hand written that the dance was not allowed. Not to mention we were on private property, it is a first amendment right to dance, we weren’t playing music loud enough to be heard off the property and when the police were there NO ONE was dancing. They sent 6 officers to make sure no one was dancing! DANCING IS NOT A CRIME.

Did you think that “Morality Police” were only limited to fundamentalist countries in the Middle East? Welcome to the heavenly land of Utah.

4 thoughts on “Utah coppers raid Halloween party — because of dancing! WTF?

  1. morey says:

    So the cops and the local “important people” got their paperwork straight. And the folks running the dance are the kind who will “stir up a bunch of anti-government sentiment knowing that Brian Hyde and other loud voices will jump all over it” whoever that might be.

    I admit it’s been over 20 years since the last time I was in St. George – but, it was self-righteous enough to feel like it’s most likely peer back in Texas would be somewhere like Plainville. The most important thing in town politics was which sect of which religion you belonged to. And anyone who felt the Constitution of the United States was a more important document than the Book of Mormon was an apostate.

    Except in Plainville it was the Southern Baptist version of their tub-thumping jeebus book.

  2. Alan Smithee says:

    …ah yes, historic St. George – only 140 miles downwind from where above-ground nuclear testing took place at the Nevada Test Site http://www.toxipedia.org/display/wanmec/Radioactive+Fallout+to+St.+George,+UT See also video clip @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=If5msUhcOUQ and an account of the production of “The Conqueror”, a 1956 CinemaScope epic film produced by Howard Hughes and starring John Wayne as the Mongol conqueror Genghis Khan which was filmed in nearby Snow Canyon. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/14/short-history-of-nuclear-folly-_n_3272799.html

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