(Updated) Sonic Bloom upheaval: Identity of deceased man found at the festival released

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Among the upheaval at this past weekend's Sonic Bloom Festival, which included the death of a 34-year old man from Boulder, another man (seen here in a screen grab from the video) was tased by police officers.
By Dave Herrera and Britt Chester

Update, 4:24, 6/19/13: The identity of the deceased man found at the Sonic Bloom Festival in Georgetown this past weekend has been released.

According to Captain Bruce Snelling of the Clear Creek Sheriff's Department -- who also spoke with us yesterday about the unrelated tasing incident captured on video below -- Nolan Farrell is the name of the man who died.

An autopsy was performed on the 34-year-old Boulder resident on Monday, but the cause of death has not been revealed. Captain Snelling says there doesn't appear to be any foul play. The toxicology results won't likely be available for four to six weeks. We'll have more updates as they become available.

In the meantime, continue on for our original coverage about the unrelated tasing incident, the unexpected microburst and the damage it caused, as well as statements from an eye-witness (the man who shot the cellphone footage) and festival producer Jamie Janover.

See also:
- Scott Morrill and Jamie Janover on Sonic Bloom and the growing EDM scene
- Sonic Bloom 2013 lineup
- Review: Sonic Bloom, 6/24/11

Update, 11:15 a.m., 6/19/13: Michael Kroog, the man who shot the cell phone video of the still-unnamed nude man being tased, got in touch with us yesterday in response to our original post, and wanted to offer up his version of the events and also to add some context to the clip. According to Kroog, it was just after 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon when the whole thing went down. Continue on to read his full eye-witness account, which, aside from adding a few paragraph breaks for readability, is completely unedited and in his own words.

From Michael Kroog, via email (unedited):

"From what I can best remember, I was on the phone with my father at the time reminding him of my appreciation for him as it was Father's day. While on the phone I first witness a man with what looked to have one of the happiest expressions I've ever seen running naked down the street which sandwiched some of Sonic Bloom's camping and the festival grounds itself. After my father realizing I was distracted I told him I had to get off the phone and this is when I saw one of the (rather large bodied) security guards side check the happy naked man into the shoulder of the road and that is when the police stepped in.

I would like to first mention that there was already a heavy presence of police at Sonic Bloom and I noticed this after being told about Sonic Bloom's policy on Amendment 64. There was in the schedule in clear writing saying that Sonic Bloom was considered public property' and that you could still be ticketed for having/smoking marijuana. I noticed at least 3 sets 3 cops (at least 9) on Friday evening in the grounds. So there was already a heavy presence of police at Sonic Bloom.

So again, after seeing the 2 police officers headed towards the naked man now laying the street, I immediately apologized to my father and hung up the phone (with 1% battery left) and began shooting video and ran towards the scene on the other side of the fence. At this time the 2 police officers rolled the man into the ditch and he began squirming and a crowd gathered. As the naked man obviously confused and still smiling one of the police officers (in my opinion felt alarmed by the crowd) and began electrocuting the naked man with his taser.

As far as I know, tasers are to be used when under 'the most alarming' situations'. I personally was more alarmed by the police than anything else...The officer tased the man repeatedly and if you watch the video you can see the fear escalate with the officer with the taser as he continues to electrify the helpless man. This is of course my opinion and you should ask the questions for yourself in order to determine what was going on in the police officers mind.

After at least 8 electrocutions and one of the EMT's screaming at the officer "you are going to kill him, stop" (which you can see in the video) the man was finally taken into an ambulance. After standing along that fence still trying to figure out What the Fuck just happened, roughly 30 minutes after everyone cleared a big unmarked SUV drove down the street with 8 heavily strapped SWAT officers on the side of the vehicle. I didn't realize until later but I am fairly certain this was called from the officer with the taser in hand asking for backup...

I lastly would like to state that for future situations such as this, for those in the crowd to do their best to remain calm and try and calm the situation instead of helping escalate it. I am certainly not blaming the crowd for yelling at the police but this policeman was obviously terrified and because of that there is now possible risk of brain damage. Please, in terrifying situations remember to act on volition and not impulse."

Continue on to see the video, read a statement from Jamie Janover and for all of our previous coverage


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237 comments
Christine Steele
Christine Steele

Chris Kelly did you go to this festival? Did you hear about this?

Joshua Pərəz
Joshua Pərəz

BS man. Total BS. Id love to hear how this turns out. Cops are getting worse and I dont think its just the social posting of it all either. They are trained oin SWAT operations now. To keep the peace my ass. I usally dont do the name calling thing but fucking pigs!

rurugby
rurugby

Sometimes the cops need to be arrested for excessive force.  Police brutality is real.

It also does appear that the cops were more freaked out by the crowd than the assilant.  That is no reason to continue tazing someone who appears to be unconscious. 

tcourt5096
tcourt5096

If the Platte Canyone High School would implement the training such as www.responseoptions.com offers in an active shooter scenario, Emily Keys might still be around.

This has been taught after VT, and is used all along the East Coast. I have suggested to JeffCo to implement it, for as in the crucial minutes UNTIL law enforcements arrive, self help is necessary. I do not hate officers, but show offs who abuse their power. The excessive tazering was not called for, and the criminalizing of the man on drugs inappropriate. Girl on Fire, look at the above website, done by SWAT Team Officers with whom I worked to introduce this out here and spend your efforts on education instead of attacking me.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

The police as a whole are our nation's niggers & I cheer LOUDLY each time one is killed in the 'line of duty' !

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

 Where were the Taser-happy Cops when they were really needed?

Suspect on LSD, 'moonshine' before stabbing Boulder teen near Nederland

The 19-year-old accused of killing a Boulder teen at a campsite near Nederland early Wednesday told paramedics he was under the influence of LSD, mushrooms and "moonshine" when he stabbed Angus Gaudin, 17, because the victim had a machete and was going to "kill everyone," according to court records.


http://www.dailycamera.com/boulder-county-news/ci_23500976/boulder-coroner-ids-victim-stabbing-near-nederland-angus

jeanannd
jeanannd

This is the email address of the Clear Creek Sheriff's office to let them know if you think the killing of an unarmed man is okay or not.  webadmin@clearcreeksheriff.us


radegast1961
radegast1961

I weigh 160 lbs. and have had submission training... I could have subdued this guy without the taser and those officers could have, as well. Some of THEM love to tase perps because they can and do get away with it. The next best thing to busting a cap in a perp for some..! This whole scene is disturbing on so many levels and mostly because THE POLICE do not work for the people but for the STATE. The bystanders were unmoved to any action because of FEAR of the POLICE STATE. We are being lorded over by gluttons, liars, thieves, and their lowly paid "public servants". America, fuk yeah???  

rextyrannosuar
rextyrannosuar

File a Complaint, Officer Carson, (taser user) of the Clear Creek County Sheriff.

Call/ email below to file a complaint about this behavior

(303) 679-2376

webadmin@clearcreeksheriff.us

christianecon.com
christianecon.com

These cops were fired, and have charges against them, correct?

johninlongmont1
johninlongmont1

does kroog sound like some panty waist lib or what?...or maybe's he's just from boulder :p

teacupgasm9
teacupgasm9

there were No fires allowed... no traffic moving and fences linning both sides of the street.. that cop is lying per usual!!!  the dead man, everyone knew he was using drugs and festival goers who where partying with him worked on him for a long time before they called in jamcare!!  SB uses and abuses vendors, locals the ranch and anyone they need to just to have their festival.. its a shame, I hope they are never allowed in CCC again!!!  Wheres the Love and Light and changing of the world??  when SB is doing the lying????

TownofGeorgetown
TownofGeorgetown

Funny that so many posting here are willing to absolve nekkid man for any personal accountability for his actions, even cherry-picking only the details of this story that support their argument, and at the same time demand full accountability for the response that nekkid man's actions elicited.

At least one commenter has reported that this guy was obviously highly intoxicated and creating a disturbance inside the festival before heading for the exit where he attempted to elude security on Alvarado Rd. It has also been reported that the physical altercation began when a member of security, not an officer, took the man down on Alvarado Rd, at which time the party became combative, which elicited the officer's response.

A shit-show for sure, with little opportunity for a positive outcome, but it seems to me that at least this was not something the cops went looking for. In fact, the only reason they were there in the first place was to assist medical in the extrication and loading of the several parties injured during the microburst, R/V rollover, and tent collapse.

Thankless job, being a cop, and one you could not pay me enough to perform.

Cheri Jean Sweaney
Cheri Jean Sweaney

Concerned about the naked guy darting into traffic so they tased him? The road was closed...

Juliana Vergaray
Juliana Vergaray

bahaha! This whole thread is hilarious; I don't even need to read the article to know it's poorly written. Why did I 'like' the Westword page in the first place? Oh yeah, Westword used to give away concert tickets all the time.

TownofGeorgetown
TownofGeorgetown

"Modesty isn't about hiding ourselves, it's about revealing our dignity".

Just sayin'.

Shelia Canfield-Jones
Shelia Canfield-Jones

WTF so will the video be used for evidence and will the security guard be charged ??? I hope so

Aaron McMurray
Aaron McMurray

This is one of the worst articles I have ever read! hahaha I am so much more confused and have so many more questions than before reading it....Should have just waited to hear from someone who knew what the fuck happened, I guess.....smh

rfrenchjr
rfrenchjr

If I had to guess, I would think this "officer" will be going to federal prison for a very LONG time. 

longtownridah
longtownridah

I am very confused here.....Is the deceased man that was "found" the same one that was tased by the officer or is that a different incident?  If it was the man that was tased then I don't think the proper description is that he was found.  They were all right there, it didn't take much to find him.  And if it is not the same man then WHY is this article mostly about the tasing?? This is a VERY pretty poorly written article.....How can you call this journalism??

Sherri Scott
Sherri Scott

Going after sheer sensationalism and misleading the public by using this poor mans picture is shameful.

Meghan Howes
Meghan Howes

Wait--so the tased man DIDN'T die? Then who did? Come on Westword...

Elijah Bent
Elijah Bent

you guys over at westwork fucking suck! thanks for spreading false rumors you giant saks of lifeless shit

Sherri Scott
Sherri Scott

Once again you confuse the pubic by going after sensationalism. Misleading.... I've been disappointed by your flaky reporting one time too many. Will get my local news somewhere else.

Amberle Howe
Amberle Howe

You are making it seem like the man in the picture featured died, you are confusing everyone. I would rather you stop reporting than continue to put out confusing and poorly worded and formatted information. Take the time to do good research in the first place instead of posting a thousand terrible articles to be updated.

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

I was wrong; I had avoided watching the video until now.  An investigation of the Department as a whole must be conducted, and all the police involved in tasing the naked man summarily fired.  Is the Clear Creek Sheriff's Department an armed criminal gang?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@johninlongmont1 ... Longmont, where trigger-happy homicidal cowardly cops shoot unarmed teenagers in the back.


Kriegar
Kriegar

@TownofGeorgetown Your spin on it is very interesting...and bizarre.


Luckily, for the rest of the world, we don't have to take your sheeple word for what happened. It's right there in the video. Why don't you take a moment to try what this "cop" did, and see how far you get away with it, without a badge to cover your ass.

teacupgasm9
teacupgasm9

@TownofGeorgetown I think the cops acted pretty well considering arrest should have been made in the death of that man, the amount of drugs present, the festival should have been shut down,  the party just kept on going... that is all it was about, I have been there three years and never seen this type of bullshit.. it was all about the drugs, the staff and producers knew, they used georgetown and that ranch like a bunch of whores, hope they never return!!!

MH0425
MH0425

You mean the security guard that prevented a second idiot from being tazed by pulling him off? Yeah that makes sense...  

dave.herrera
dave.herrera moderator editor

@Aaron McMurray See comment below. Tasing incident and death are unrelated and separate incidents. Apologies for any confusion.

dave.herrera
dave.herrera moderator editor

@longtownridah There are multiple different incidents here, including the death and the tasing, which are unrelated. Until now, there has not been much information available about the man who died, and so as such, we've been reporting on the information that is available. My apologies for any confusion.

dave.herrera
dave.herrera moderator editor

@Meghan Howes The man who died (in a completely unrelated and separate incident) was 34-year-old Nolan Farrell from Boulder.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Elijah Bent "lifeless shit"

Is there any other kind?

Kriegar
Kriegar

@Sherri Scott What ARE you people yammering on about? Article? It's reporting, not an "article".


The writer did fine with the "article". You simply need a deep course in reading comprehension, then you may be all right.

panika
panika

@Sherri Scott Pubic? Really?


Kriegar
Kriegar

@Amberle Howe 


You're mistaken. It is not at all how they are "making it seem". It is your skewed perception. The 60's weren't nice to you, I take it?

TownofGeorgetown
TownofGeorgetown

@Amberle Howe

"According to Captain Bruce Snelling of the Clear Creek Sheriff's Department, who spoke with us yesterday about the tasing incident captured on video below, Nolan Farrell is the name of the man who died".

Either that was horribly written, or intentionally misleading. The man tased WAS NOT the man who died. Appearances would suggest that Westword is just trying to incite outrage from their readers.

JimTom
JimTom

@RobertChase I thought is was pretty cool, I hope it goes viral.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@DonkeyHotay  

You forgot 'obese', 'lazy', & 'fucking lying', 

when describing Lonmont's 'finest' !!!

JimTom
JimTom

@DonkeyHotay you don't nomally leave yourself open like that, but I will let it pass.  

dave.herrera
dave.herrera moderator editor

@TownofGeorgetownDefinitely not intended to be misleading. The tased man was not the man who died. Sentence has been amended to add clarification. Was simply trying to give some context as to who Captain Snelling is for those who didn't read the original item. Apologies for any confusion.

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