Dead Prez Show Turns Normally Apathetic College Students Into Cop-Flipping Maniacs

Feb 15th, 2008 // 17 Comments

neverbeeninariot.jpgStudents at Olympia, Wash.’s hippie-tastic Evergreen State College–famed in song and zine lore as the crucible for Pacific Northwest indie-pop/rock–would usually rather hug out their differences than start lobbing bricks and breaking windows. But earlier today a scuffle took place at a Dead Prez show being held on campus, and when one concertgoer was arrested for misdemeanor assault, the audience decided to take it upon themselves to liberate him from the pigs’ clutches. Thus finally answering the question “how many scrawny indie kids does it take to overturn a cop car?”

Thurston County deputies responded and removed the campus officer and her car and released the suspect, since they already had his identification.

A concert at The Evergreen State College ended in a riot where a Thurston County sheriff’s patrol car was overturned and looted.

When a deputy’s car wouldn’t start, the crowd overturned it, broke out the windows and sprayed some graffiti. Kessler says the deputy’s laptop computer and a radar gun were stolen. No weapons were lost. Another patrol car had graffiti but no other damage.

Ah, mob rule…a healthy expression of that renowned Evergreen iconoclasm. The local news report claims that the audience was prompted into rushing the police vehicle when “the band onstage reportedly encouraged the crowd to do something about the situation,” worded in such a way that the “band on stage” could have been either Dead Prez or an opening act. But having spent two years in Olympia, I can attest that there’s so little to do there that people don’t require much “encouragement” to be pushed over the edge.

RiotBreaks Out On Evergreen College Campus [King 5; HT: righteousmaelstrom]

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  1. Ned Raggett

    Ah, mob rule…a healthy expression of that renowned Evergreen iconoclasm.

    Roffle.

  2. Camp Tiger Claw

    Another patrol car had graffiti but no other damage.

    $mash The PMRC!

  3. natepatrin

    worded in such a way that the “band on stage” could have been either Dead Prez or an opening act

    If the crowd later went on to assault some pizza delivery guys, that’d confirm it was dead prez.

  4. GBirdii

    DP’s got that crazy shit we keep it crunk up
    John Blaze’d and shit.

  5. Tauwan

    @GBirdii:

    Ah, “John Blaze”. Thanks for reminding me to revisit that smoky Aaliyah track off one of those late 90′s/early 00′s Timbo and friends compilations. [All of which are better than Shock Value IMHO.]

  6. qyntellspitbull

    This sort of thing also happened every time the All Girl Summer Fun Band would play Olympia as well.

    “Fuck a cop twee pop”

    That was their motto, right?

  7. Anonymous

    I WAS THERE, THAT SHOW WAS OFF THE HOOK, IT WAS NO IGORENCE MOTHER FUCKA, THAT RIOT WAS ABOUT GETTIN THE COPS OFF THE BLOCK, FOR ARRESTING ONE OF US AT A SHOW OF REVOLUTION

    SPREAD THE WORD, BECAUSE FUCK THE POLICE, THIS IS ABOUT ALL THE BITCH ASS COPS CORRUPT SYSTEMS THAT WE LIVE IN, FUCK THE BRAINWASHING

    YOU CAN SAY WE WERE CRAZY, BUT WHEN THE POLICE COME AND ARREST YOU FOR TALKING ON A CELLPHONE OR ANYTHING, YOU CAN JUST SUCK THEIR DICK

    THIS IS THE REVOLTION

    FUCK THE POLICE, FREEDOM

  8. Charlie Kerfelds Jetsons Tee

    @hiphip12301: Really?

  9. hastings

    @hiphip12301: heh. so the revolution will be caps-locked?

  10. The Illiterate

    Jess: Having grown up in Olympia, I can also attest that the cops there are famous for overreacting to anything that looks like kids having fun (unless it’s their own kids throwing a kegger).

  11. The Illiterate

    @hastings: No, the “revoltion” will be caps-locked

  12. Anonymous

    @hiphip12301: Holy shit, thank you for the funniest thing I’ve read all day. FIGHT TEH POWER!!1!

  13. loudersoft

    Gil-Scott Heron just read the comments on this post, shook his head and shed a tear.

  14. Tauwan

    @hiphip12301:

    “TEH REVOLTION WILL BE CAPITALIZED!”

    Look, I went ahead and did it for you.

  15. Anonymous

    So when did they pass the ordinance to rename the county after Thurston Moore?

  16. Anonymous

    Please do NOT tag this to a community of educated, liberal, well-minded individuals. I am completely embarrassed by the event and the media aftermath that has followed. Articles like this just make it worse. I am already angry at the anarchists and pseudo-anarchists that took it upon themselves to demean their social surroundings with ugly behavior. It doesn’t help to have articles like this rubbing it in our faces.

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