(Updated) Sonic Bloom upheaval: Identity of deceased man found at the festival released
Update, 11:35 a.m., 6/18/13: Captain Bruce Snelling of the Clear Creek Sheriff's Department just spoke with us about the events this past weekend at Sonic Bloom, specifically the nude male seen in the video, who was tased by officers and subsequently cited for indecent exposure and disorderly conduct. "As officers approached him," Captain Snelling recalled, "he became violent and the officers tased him."
The cell-phone footage below (which is most certainly NSFW) shows the unnamed man being tased. According to a pair of witnesses we spoke with who were on hand, the footage begins after a festival security guard allegedly "shoulder-checked" the man into a ditch, and that's when police stepped in. "From people in the crowd," Captain Snelling told us, "we heard that he was high on LSD."
Sources who wish to remain anonymous contend that the officers used excessive force, a criticism Captain Snelling quickly addressed. "All I can tell you is that the officers are really responsible for making sure people don't hurt each other, and some people need to be protected from themselves," he said. "It would've been worse if he darted into traffic, or into a fire pit, or drowned in the river... we would get blamed for that."
In addition to the nude male who was cited, Captain Snelling said there were roughly five other summons handed out this past the weekend for incidents ranging from disorderly conduct to interference with law enforcement. He also noted that despite the issues they dealt with this past weekend, officials have had no problems with organizers in the past. "They've been professional, and along with us, the events from this past weekend do not make that organization happy, either."
Continue to see the video and our original post.