Monday, August 29, 2005

Group arrested at club cries foul - WWW.ABC12.COM

ACLU asks judge to throw out charges
By Joel Feick
Flint - (08/29/05)--When Flint police busted a so-called rave party back in March, more than 100 people were arrested. Now lawyers for those defendants are crying foul.

The American Civil Liberties Union is asking a Flint judge to throw out the charges against 93 men and women who were arrested in the spring at the "What's Next" dance club.

The suspects packed Judge Ramona Roberts courtroom Monday, many of them represented by counsel.

Flint police say there was open drug use at the club that night and that drugs like ecstasy, GHB and cocaine were confiscated from patrons.

Of the 118 arrests, 17 were felonies. Flint police will present evidence to show they feel the arrests were justified.

But an ACLU attorney says the cops went overboard, arresting people who weren't using or possessing drugs. One of those arrested says she was violated.

Roberts' decision on whether to throw out the case was not reached Monday. The case was adjourned until Tuesday at 2 p.m.

A Flint police lieutenant says promoters of similar rave parties beat tickets in other jurisdictions with the help of the ACLU.


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