Riot Breaks Out at Ogden Concert

Riot Breaks Out at Ogden Concert

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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- Ten people could face charges after being arrested when a riot broke out during a hip-hop concert.

The Ogden-Weber Metro Gang Unit received a call Friday, around 9:15 p.m. that people at a hip-hop concert, the DUB DUB Records All-Star Jam, might have been consuming alcohol and controlled substances unlawfully at the station.

"I've been advised by my lawyer not to say anything about the situation for at least 48 hours," said Tanoka Beard, sponsor of the event and CEO of DUB DUB Records.

The independent label out of Ogden signed a contract with a private contractor, agreeing to not have any alcohol on the premises during the evening, Ogden Police Lt. Scott Conley said.

The private contractor became concerned that people were drinking and using illegal substances so he called police.

"When they arrived on the scene, (the gang unit) tried to enter but the bouncer, who was very large in stature, said they couldn't come in unless they had a ticket or paid the $10 fee," Conley said.

After warning the 6-foot-11-inch bouncer that he was obstructing justice and interfering with a police officer, members of the gang unit tried to take him into custody. The bouncer's brother tried to intervene with the arrest, escalating the situation, Conley said.

Meanwhile, about 75 people from inside the building began gathering outside around the officers, yelling obscenities and using physical force, Conley said.

Police arrested 10 people. Charges may include inciting a riot, unlawful consumption of alcohol, assaulting a police officer and interfering with a police officer, Conley said.

Police shut the concert down around 9:45 p.m. Officers found opened containers of alcohol in the building, but no illegal substances.

"The police officers were well within the perimeters of the law to take control of the situation," Conley said. "It"s unfortunate. If they would have just allowed the police to check the building, the problem would have been alleviated."

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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