(Updated) Sonic Bloom upheaval: Identity of deceased man found at the festival released
By Dave Herrera and Britt Chester
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.
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.
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