Newsbrief: Madison "Suspends" Raves at County Venue 5/17/02

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Dane County, WI, whose largest city is Madison, has suspended all "raves" at the county-owned Alliant Center. Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk told officials at the large venue that late-night techno music events are suspended while she looks into whether the county can ban the events outright.

The move came days after a sensationalistic article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel describing an April 27-28 techno event at the center as awash in drugs. The Journal Sentinel quoted police officers on the scene as estimating that 90% to 100% of the crowd was using ecstasy and reveled in descriptions of "drugged out ravers in fanciful dress [flitting] around as scratchy techno music throbs... Some wear translucent butterfly wings on their backs, powder blue bathrobes and Burger King crowns. As ecstasy users regress to childlike emotions, some clutch teddy bears," the newspaper reported.

The Dane County Sheriff's Department has long sought a ban on raves on the grounds that they are simply drug-fests, but prior to this week the county had resisted, instead resorting to audience size caps (3,000) and banning such raver accoutrements as glow sticks and pacifiers. The move in Madison follows similar efforts to restrict or ban raves across the country. In Chicago, the city adopted an ordinance allowing criminal charges to be pressed against owners of rave venues where drug use has been documented. In Milwaukee, local officials ran raves out of town with a massive warehouse bust a decade ago. In Austin, heavy-handed local police and DEA officials threatened club owners with criminal prosecutions if drug use occurred at raves. There are many other examples.

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