At Least 35 Arrested At ‘Monster Massive’ Rave

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Police arrested at least 35 people and paramedics treated 37 others at a Halloween-themed rave at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, authorities said Sunday.

Los Angeles city fire spokesperson Erik Scott said Los Angeles city paramedics and private ambulances transported a total of 16 people to area hospitals. In all, “25 firefighters were strategically deployed” at the rave.

Of those arrested, most will face narcotic possession charges for having either marijuana or ecstasy with them, Los Angeles police Sgt. Brandea Hill of the Southwest station said. There were also a few trespassing charges filed, Hill said.

About 16,000 people attended the 13th Annual Monster Massive electronic music festival, which wrapped up promptly at 2 a.m. Only those 18 or older were allowed inside. The event’s lineup included Carl Cox, Moby, Judge Jules and DJ Steve Lawler.

Organizers had an army of private medics, two dozen LA paramedics, as well as a massive amount of police and private security at the event that’s being dubbed America’s largest Halloween dance party.

Los Angeles Fire Department Battalion Chief Michael Bowman wrote the recommended actions that the Coliseum authority agreed should be in place for the rave on their property. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA) both had booths inside.

As incident commander, Bowman said the level of protection paralleled President Barack Obama’s visit to Los Angeles Friday.

The new measures come after 15-year-old Sasha Rodriguez died of a drug overdose after attending a rave at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in June.

Her death led the Coliseum Commission to impose a moratorium on such events at the stadium and the neighboring Sports Arena, with the exception of events already scheduled.

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  • Rick

    Our tax $$$$$$$ paying for Police/Security/Medical Teams on site to make sure these schmucks do not break in or overdose? I say move them to the Desert (they have been there before) and let these buffoons drug themselves if that is what they are going to do anyway. Let the DRUG GODS decide who makes it out alive.
    In addition, if they decide to ACT UP there will be less neighboring personal property/structures to vandalize.

  • angela ortiz

    God Send Us aStreetPreacher like Billy Gradham Style 2 StandUp +Offer These People Searching 4 SomeThing2 fill there Hearts+Time 4 Them 2 See Their Potiential in Life!

    • mznini

      That’s real!!!!! I agree

  • kabster

    Your god wants you to do the herb
    Genesis 1:29. The New American Standard Translation.
    Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you.”

    Genesis 1:29. The Authorized Version.
    And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
    Yes on Prop 19

  • M

    i am sure the promoters have to pay for public services such as the police, fire dept. paramedics, not to mention a pretty high price for a permit.

    • vudu

      Yes they do. Similar questions came up about the big rave where the 15yo girl OD’d.

  • Crash

    Whether or not there are raves you will still be paying the same amount of taxes, just because you get rid of raves you think that taxes will be lowered? no… any big event requires a lot of security.. the few 25-50 people who get arrested don’t speak for everyone.

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