Police impose stop-and-search checkpoint on thousands of concert-goers

Police staged a checkpoint for all concert attendees to pass through. (Source: Rob McClure)
Police staged a checkpoint for all concert attendees to pass through.  (Source: Rob McClure)
Police staged a checkpoint for all concert attendees to pass through. (Source: Rob McClure)

MORRISON, CO — Police took extraordinary steps to attempt to locate a suspect at a concert, searching thousands of vehicles at a mandatory checkpoint.

Police action in the Red Rocks Amphitheater parking lot.  (Source: (Glen Ross, The Denver Post)
Police action in the Red Rocks Amphitheater parking lot. (Source: (Glen Ross, The Denver Post)

The incident took place in the late hours of Thursday, June 19th, at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado.   The peace was breached when a SUV containing one of the headline artists of the evening’s concert was the target of a shooting on the road leading away from the venue.

The occupants of the vehicle received non-life-threatening injuries, and the suspect was seen running away on foot into the darkness.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department launched a manhunt for the suspect, who was described only as a black man, approximately 6 foot tall, wearing black clothing.   Deputies went back to the Red Rocks Amphitheater imposed a “lockdown,” setting up a mandatory stop-and-search checkpoint for all remaining vehicles attempting to leave the concert.

Witness accounts, including a CBS reporter on the scene, stated that vehicle searches took place and drivers were forced to produce ID.

A representative from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department also confirmed that the mass search was taking place:

The lockdown left people trapped inside the parking lot for over 2 hours following the end of the concert.  This not only exposed them to the warrantless searches of police officers, but also left them helplessly trapped in proximity to the actual shooter.

It is unclear how the police expected to locate the vaguely-described suspect.  A black male wearing black clothing at a rap concert could describe numerous individuals.

Unsurprisingly, the extraordinary measures produced no suspects or arrests.

Coloradans are not strangers to the police treating everyone like criminals in the effort to solve a crime.  Cops in Aurora recently barricaded an intersection and ordered dozens of people from their cars as they stared down the barrel of officers’ shotguns and rifles, in order to find a robbery suspect.

 

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1 Comment on Police impose stop-and-search checkpoint on thousands of concert-goers

  1. Since when is this common place for what was just an almost everyday criminal act?
    Everytime these things happen and noone says no at the time and only waits until after to complain make it common place for cops to act like this. Weve had drive by shootings really close to where we live and nothing like this happened. WTF!

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