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Heavy Metal Under Attack At Rock The Docks Event

Tonya Traweek of Flint, Michigan metal band Girl Scout Hand Grenade has written in with the following disturbing account of the recent experience at Rock The Docs show in Port Sanilac, Michigan:

Saturday’s Rock the Docks sure didn’t rock for the seven bands hired to play the Port Sanilac event. Only two bands were able to perform at the July 19th celebration before police were called. The band, Girl Scout Hand Grenade (Flint), had just finished up their 30 minute set when rumors began to fly that the show had been “shut down.” No formal announcement was made over the PA by anyone associated with the event or police, however, Police Chief Rod Jaskowski found it necessary to tackle, assault, and arrest an innocent drummer who unintentionally began to warm up for what he thought was the next performance. Tazers drawn, police announced that if everyone “in a band” did not leave the premises in ten minutes they would be arrested. No reason was given for the shut down of the event though, some suspect a select few of the beer tent patrons, were unhappy with the type of music being played (Heavy Metal). Bass player Andrew Hargrove, was arrested for asking officer Jaskowski, “What are the charges?” as Jaskowski placed the drummer in handcuffs. Andrew was later charged with disorderly conduct for asking.

Of the bands that were hired to entertain at the celebration, a few were compensated, but five were robbed of the opportunity to perform. The events coordinators attempted to quell the chaos and prevent the musicians from being arrested to no avail. After being invited into town with the intentions of drawing a younger crowd to the festivities, all seven bands, some having traveled over two hours to get there, were ran out by police because of the music and art they choose to share with the world, heavy metal.

Prior to police invasion, there were no known disturbances, or altercations, as everyone in front of the pavilion appeared to be calmly, and soberly enjoying the show. Dissatisfaction was expressed very vocally however, from the beer tent located right next to the pavilion stage. Heckles and jeers were heard from the fenced in area where many patrons appeared quite intoxicated prior to the shows demise. No illegal activity, violence of any kind, rude or disrespectful behavior took place prior to the police disruption.

Anybody that was at the show on Saturday in Port Sanilac is asked to come forward and share what you saw, and also how you feel about what happened. Leave a comment on the band's MySpace page or send them a message.

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1. Vicarious_Intent writes:

Jesus, I couldn't believe it as I read it. Are people really still that ignorant? It's ridiculous! I can't fathom why this would happen, it's such bull to the bands that drove out there and the people looking forward to seeing them. They treat it like it was a bomb threat.
This is messed up. Someone's gotta do something about this.

# Jul 22, 2008 @ 11:59 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Liar,liar writes:

f***ing cops there a bunch of criminal's thereselves they can just get away with it my dad did a job for are counties ex police chief and my dad saw a marijuana plant growin in his back yard and my neighbor was a cop and now all he does is sit around and smoke weed there a bunch of f***in pigs they need to get roundhouse kicked to the throat if I was that drummer and the cop tackled me I woulda f***ed him up andf then told them to take me to jail f***in pigs. METAL FOREVER!!!

# Jul 22, 2008 @ 12:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. feckineejit writes:

I wonder if this was a rap 'music' show which would be just as loud (if not louder) would the cops have been told to bust it up?

Heavy metal is still being viewed as 'devil worship' music which is just plain ignorance. Heavy metal is simply how angry kids (and some grown ups who used to be angry kids) express themselves it has nothing to do with satan with a couple of exceptions.

I blame the organizers of this event for not checking the atmosphere of the event location prior to setting up the event. For instance you can't expect to play at a senior center or during a time when there could possibly be a peewee soccer game going on nearby.

# Jul 22, 2008 @ 12:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. brandedcfh420 writes:

well, it just shows why we listen to the music we do. we still feel free enough to enjoy it, and not be a brainwashed new world order robot zombie like the police of this world.

we will forever be attacked in this way for our choices in music. it only makes us stronger inside. it makes us mad enough to keep the metal loud and alive. it gives us the the opportunity to give the rest of the world a great big FUK YOU anytime they want to attempt to bring us under their control.

KEEP THE METAL FLAME ALIVE AND BURNING FOREVER!!!!!

# Jul 22, 2008 @ 12:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. xile89 writes:

This is upsetting to say the least. I would like to hear what people at the event saw. I hope to never encounter this sorda thing at a concert.

# Jul 22, 2008 @ 1:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. blessed with hatred writes:

it's sht like this that makes me hate......fckin douche bag pigs.....if this fest had a permit then what the cops did (without good reason) was illegal.....

# Jul 22, 2008 @ 2:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Kalis_wrath writes:

I wont ever pigenhole all cops as "pigs," however in this case the cops that responded to the call were pigs and the people who made the call arseholes! Blessed with hatred is right too that if they had a proper permit to play what the cops did was illegal.

# Jul 22, 2008 @ 3:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. smoothjazz writes:

having a few friends that are cops i can say that they are not always told the full story. so they have to make decisions on limited information. we also dont seem to be getting the full story. id wait to hear another side before making judgments. and anyone that has been to a metal show knows, people dont just sit calmly and soberly and enjoy it like some yanni show.

# Jul 22, 2008 @ 3:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Txmetalhead writes:

Sounds like a good opportunity for a lawsuit...I would attempt to sue the police for arresting me since they never gave a reason for arresting the poor chap[bass player]. I think the word is probable cause....or suspicion. To arrest someone for asking why they are being arrested is moronic, and an abuse of power. This is a wild story...and quite scary. I would sue their a$$es good!

# Jul 22, 2008 @ 4:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Txmetalhead writes:

Either that or it was a sting operation. I would still seek counsel because it sure sounds like the charges are weak...now if the kid hit the cop - well - that would be different - resisting arrest. I work with a lot of police myself..but it still seems like a joke to arrest someone for asking what are the charges?....crazy man. Long live METAL..just another reason why metal fans will be on the outside of this world disorder....and I love it. Fukk Rap/hip hop and catering to the masses....McDonalds does that quite well...lol

# Jul 22, 2008 @ 4:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Jenny writes:

Oh man...I'm sad, but not as much as I am angry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Post 4 is right...this is why we listen to metal. I hate how people judge metal, and for that reason it will never get the respect it deserves. Sadly, news like this is nothing new: its happened since kids locked themselves in their rooms listening to Black Sabbath & Iron Maiden when an adult would bust in and tell 'em to turn it off! The outcome? The True Listeners Are Now Stronger. I love, had loved, and will always love metal FOREVER.
Now Playing: Refuse Resist by Sepultura

# Jul 22, 2008 @ 4:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Diamond Oz writes:

Now playing: NWA- f*** The Police :-P

I joke, not all police are d***s but this is madness.

# Jul 22, 2008 @ 4:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Kalis_wrath writes:

One thing every person comming into the metal kingdom must understand is that they will ae the minority. The outside world wont understand us and will fear us as people truly fear what they dont understand. They will use anything to try to fight us and bring us down. That is why we should use opportunities like this to rise up and fight for what we believe in!

# Jul 22, 2008 @ 5:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Kalis_wrath writes:

be* not ae.

# Jul 22, 2008 @ 5:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Westfallen writes:

There's 2 sides to every story.

# Jul 22, 2008 @ 5:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Kalis_wrath writes:

West there are three sides to every story. Party a's side, party b's side and the truth. Both parties a and b will always bend the truth to make themselfs look like the vic or validate their actions.

# Jul 22, 2008 @ 5:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. tirentu writes:

As far as I can tell, this isn't some kind of thing to go all "LONG LIVE METAL, THE WORLD HATES US!" thing over, it's something to get mad at the police and justice institutions over. The arrest of band members on those charges (what charges?) is the most criminal thing to happen there. I hope that whoever is responsible is sacked, along with every ignorant bastard involved. I hate to see civil liberties curtailed like this, and it makes me glad I don't live in the US.

# Jul 22, 2008 @ 5:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Jackrum writes:

American cozzers show the rest of the world how not to police

# Jul 22, 2008 @ 6:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Fuck_A_Name writes:

^See! American cops are good for something after all!

all joking aside, what the hell? This is like the "dude don't taze me" thing that happened on the news a while back. As far as I can tell, the writer of this thing is fairly objective, but still abit personally tinged obviously (the beer patrons keep getting subtly blamed). It's almost impossible for me to believe the cop's side of the story, if there ends up being one, after all the bullsh** I've heard out of cops mouths personally over the years. Don't get me wrong, Police individually are generally all great people; I have cops who are friends, friends who are gonna be cops, and friends whose parents are cops, and they're all dandy people. It's the institution that is at fault, and the power complex that falls over so many in the job. They believe that whatever they do must be right, and anyone who says otherwise is someone to be wary of. I don't give a real solid f*** if the concert is shut down, it's the methodology used to do so that worries me. There's a very good reason why my Myspace name is "f*** Pigs", and my cop friends understand it perfectly fine and for the most part, agree with my sentiments on matters like this.

Now Playing: Pig Destroyer- "Thought Crime Spree" (it's only appropriate. ;b)

# Jul 22, 2008 @ 6:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. moshface20 writes:

I know its not metal but I went to an ICp show in Shephedsville Ky. There was bullsh** from the begining. All of the local tv news was there because this little hick town didnt want the show there. The first band played ICP was supposed to be next there was a long wait then out of nowhere cops were on stage saying the show was cancelled they even told us we didnt get our money back. There were only two doors to this place so as people were leaving I guess it wasent empting fast enough so th police through some kind of gas to disperse the crowd all this did was make it worse. People didnt know what was going on so they started running the doors got broke and by the time we got outside it was a full scale riot. My point is I agree with metal not being understood. People are just close minded. But u do have to pick ur spots to have a show like ours or sh** like this happens and it is bullsh**.

# Jul 22, 2008 @ 6:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. Kalis_wrath writes:

I agree with Moshface. Yes, it sucks that we cant just have a show where ever we want, but the fact of the matter is that life aint always fair.

# Jul 22, 2008 @ 6:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. psythe writes:

"Prior to police invasion, there were no known disturbances, or altercations, as everyone in front of the pavilion appeared to be calmly, and soberly enjoying the show" - come on guys, the cops were just showing us how to behave at a metal show! The drummer wasn't playing hard enough and the other guy actually said "What do you mean, 'get charged up'?" :P

# Jul 22, 2008 @ 6:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. jimmy j. writes:

This is the kind of bullsh** that pisses me off. Heavy Metal does'nt give the world a bad name the screwed up world gives metal a bad name. I'm 46 years old and love heavy metal music always have always will' but it pisses me off that people judge you for the music you enjoy or how you dress or look. I mean all I have to do is go to da wal-mart or a food store and put on a lamb of god tee-shirt or any tee-shirt with band names' skulls' or grim reapers with my ear-rings on and people look and judge me like I'm going to break hell wide open. I mean damn I believe in God but I'm going to hell just because of the way I dress or for listening to the music i enjoy. It pisses me off that people give Metal music a bad name just because the way it sounds or judge metal heads just because of the way we look. f*** that why I listen to metal for I want to be me and express myself for the way i am not what everyone else wants me to be. If metalheads are going to hell for listening to the music we love then theres a lot of people going to hell for a hell of a lot worse!

# Jul 22, 2008 @ 7:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. SHREDDER13 writes:

Complete Insanity...
These are the words that sum up this occurrence. Either these cops simply hate Metal for various ignorant reasons or they just received a false report. Other than that, there should be no reason to discontinue an ongoing concert. I want to see how this case will be settled and how it will end.

# Jul 22, 2008 @ 8:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. Txmetalhead writes:

IF they don't understand the power, love, excitement, and family of heavy metal and its fans - then FUKK them...it is better that way. Taken from a metal documentary - "You either feel it or you don't...[the power of heavy metal] - and judging from the 40,000 metalheads around me, WE are doing just fine without you...." - A Headbanger's Journey on VH1.
Brilliant!

# Jul 22, 2008 @ 9:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. Txmetalhead writes:

Yes, unfortunately, we will always be persecuted for our love of heavy metal..because MOST people simply don't understand how important metal has been in each of our lives. McDonalds will keep making moronic commercials catering to the masses that consume HIP HOP and Rap....Those commercials on McDonald's are possibly the stupidest commercials I have ever seen. MCey Dees...lol. Seriously, though, I have nothing but love and respect for all rock and metal fans..because they are such cool fukkin' people. Metal has actually made me a better person, and helped me deal with plenty of sh1t in my life. Who gives a fukk if people give you weird looks because you wear black shirts or having piercing, be cool with it, because you are making an impact, being a NON-conformist, and telling conservative America to go to HELL...I love it man.

# Jul 22, 2008 @ 9:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. Bizzz writes:

Reason #536 why I hate Michigan(the state I reside in), its full of ignorant small minded idiots like these and cops who take their cues from old Rodney King footage. There is a reason why this sh*thole state is going into recession.

# Jul 22, 2008 @ 9:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. myspace.com/midgit22 writes:

I am telling you this is exactly how it went down. This was a SMALL Town venue and it was advertised prior that it was a heavy metal show. People witnessed this and if you knew the VICTIMS that were arrested you would know that they are NOT the kind of people that just run their mouths and get arrested. Also....the only drunks were the ones corraled in the beer tent. This is seriously the most clear case of police abuse! I wish everyone could have been there to see it because those who did witness this will never be the same. You will never hear the "other side of the story" because i seriously doubt the "POLICE" will ever come out and admit their blatant misuse of authority

# Jul 22, 2008 @ 10:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. Stephanie, a person with a lot to say. writes:

As a person who is personaly involved with this story... trust me, this is all on the police. The two people who were harrased in the bands were two of the calmest people you have ever meet. The same bands played in the small town of Capac MI. the night before, and there was NO problems... the Capac police sat there and watched the whole show, the beer tent (where I myself enjoyed a couple drinks) was right in the middle of 2 stages. There were NO problems. the police officers there were respectable, and most of all RESPECTED! You could tell they enjoyed being involved in a fun activity with their community.
If at ANY time it would have been made clear to the bands that the show was being shut down, they would have stopped playing. I know these people personaly... they are very honest, caring people. They are in no way violent, if they were, then there may have possibly been a riot. The lead singer of HI8US looks like he could very well crush you with his pinky finger, trust me. Its hard to watch your friend being taken to the ground by a ANYONE for no reason! and then watch another friend be hand cuffed for simply asking "What are the charges?" wouldnt you want to jump in and help your friend? but they didnt, they kept their cool because these officers were obviously out with a vengance.
The cheif, Rod Jaskowski (the officer who took the drummer to the ground, and had the "what are the charges" guy arrested) has had some of the same complaints before. I couldnt believe some of the things I found out about this man by simply google-ing his name! imagine how much more dirt this man has on his hands if I can GOOGLE his name and find complaint after complaint! Imagine the cover ups! These people went unjustified because they had no witnesses. This time there are witnesses. This time people will stand up for what they have seen. Any one who was there can not deny that innocent people were assulted.
I personaly feel that peoples rights were violated in more then one way. And not only were there two people who were harrased... most of the musicians were harrassed. They were told to shut up and leave. Their instruments were threatend to be confinscated if they were not gone in 10 minuets. One musician was told to get into his car and leave immediatly before he was placed under arrest for asking what jail his band mate would be in. The police officer was trying to push him to say something so they could arrest him. This particular person was dressed like "the Joker" from the newly relesed Dark Knight movie.... I bet that officer couldnt wait to arrest him. And the person wouldnt give him the satisfaction, answering with "yes sir" and "no sir" 's.
Please understand that this is not just some made up, rediculas story that has another side... im sure the police have a completly differant story... do you really think that they would be like "YEAH! we totally assulted thoes people for no reason!!" no... i doubt it.... even though some of the other officers knew what they were doing was wrong, they still did it... they still listend to their Chief. Some of these comments make me realize that the Police will always win. you hear of some of these cops killing and beating people, and its amazing what people have to do to prove themselfs. And there are still people who are saying "well there was probably another side to that story"....... please.... I live in Flint MI, its always in the top 3 for their crime rate... I respect Flint city police officers, every call might me their last. I say send the port sanilac police to Flint! Maybe they can find out what its REALLY like to be a police officer. they'll know what assulting is really like then. The police in my town know right from wrong. Obviously Police Chief Rod Jaskowski needs a refreshment course. He needs to be tought right from wrong. Maybe he can learn how to handle a situation like this.

# Jul 23, 2008 @ 12:12 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. Kalis_wrath writes:

I am hopeing more people at this event will come foward to tell their story of what they saw. Would ae nice to get a statement from the police too.

# Jul 23, 2008 @ 12:47 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. Pursuit_Of_Vikings writes:

Pigs, pigs!

# Jul 23, 2008 @ 2:05 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. Kalis_wrath writes:

One good thing about this is that the bands envolved with this incedent got some free publicity. You all know the saying with the entertainment industry "there is no such thing as bad publicity."

# Jul 23, 2008 @ 2:14 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. NWA writes:

f*** THE POLICE COMING STRAIGHT OUT THE UNDERGROUND, A YOUNG n***** GOT IT BAD CUZ IM BROWN! jk im not brown, but seriously f*** the police!

# Jul 23, 2008 @ 3:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. Farthammer writes:

To the fraternal order of police in Port Sanilac, Michigan...

f*** THA POLICE!

# Jul 23, 2008 @ 8:52 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. Terri writes:

Free publicity im sure is the least of these people's worries!!!

# Jul 23, 2008 @ 12:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. metal2death writes:

after a post like chf's420(#4) im ready for war hahahaha. it was soo epic

# Jul 23, 2008 @ 1:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. Jenny writes:

I'm still really mad about what happened. This is flat out unjust in every way possible, to individuals & their rights. Although bulls#!t like this doesn't surprise me, I don't think it's funny. The more we think we have to do something, the more the ignorant low-lives will insist that people like us R stupid and that's what they want: they want us to react so they can use our smarts against us. It's more than being judged about what we look like or what we love: its only a continued "fight"(disagreement). We can't do anything drastic that will change anything, the only way we can do that is if we change all 'o the small minded fools, but we can't do that. With clenched fist, we can wait. After all "the last in line will be the first."

Its simply unjust & unfair, although I do agree that people can improve on where they decide to have a gig.

# Jul 23, 2008 @ 5:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. coldiem writes:

A perfect example of why the police are so despised. It's really a double-edged sword, since you do count on them to uphold the peace. But then they come to a peaceful event and start stomping around like the bully on the schoolyard, pushing everyone around without explaining why. Some people should just not be given the power of authority, and especially not a gun or a taser.

# Jul 23, 2008 @ 6:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. Jenny writes:

Got that right.

# Jul 23, 2008 @ 6:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. Chas writes:

I hate to say it but as soon as I heard about this event I had a feeling something like this would happen. I have been to the Port Sanilac beer tent twice before as I live here. All it is is a bunch of drunks sitting under a huge tent, drinking, and socializing. Both times I went "the beer" was the main attraction and the bands they had played country or oldies and not very good at all ( think of real bad karaoke ) but the drunks love that stuff. I knew they would hate the metal. I am also not surprised that everybody in the tent was sh%$t faced at 5:30 in the afternoon because thats all that happens up there and most of the drunks in the tent are alcoholic loser locals. They're the ones that called the cops. They probably saw the kids having the kind of fun that they are too old and stupid to have and got jealous. If Sanilac county really wants to help the area they would start busting these redneck wannabe losers for drinking and driving especially in the port sanilac / carsonville area. These people run a muck up here and the cops do nothing. The corner bars are always packed and when its closing time there aint a cop in sight. Rod Jaskowski is an obnoxious dry f$#k who needs to go to jail. Drinking and Driving is a crime Metal is not!!!

# Jul 23, 2008 @ 7:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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41. chas writes:

I googled this http://www.sanilaccountynews.com/stories/122607/loc_20071226002.shtml

# Jul 23, 2008 @ 8:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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42. blessed with hatred writes:

sounds to me like if there are plenty of witnesses & this chief's got alot of complaints on him that the police def handled it wrong & there should be a lawsuit for violating countless civil rights......a big $$ lawsuit will make them take notice of people's rights

# Jul 24, 2008 @ 11:23 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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43. Tonya writes:

I stressed the drunkenness of the patrons in the beer tent and the soberness of the viewers of the show only because it was the truth. This show took place at approximately 6:30pm & even I (being a patron of bars/beer tents myself) was surprised at the folks that were in the tent and how they were acting – openly/loudly making fun of the bands on stage. The kids watching the show however, (most were in a band or younger folks) did not appear to be intoxicated and even thought it was a metal show – were not that active yet either…. I think it being a hot July evening in broad daylight, and maybe having never heard our music before contributed to the lack of usual metal enthusiasm. Or just that it was already in the air that we “weren’t welcome.” - What I was trying to express, was that there was no “moshing” no “slam dancing” no “skanking” and no pushing/shoving yelling/screaming etc. with out using those terms that the general public may not be familiar with. I am partial because I am a performer but I did try to give the most objective account of what I saw. I will have the newspaper article with the cop’s side of the story posted shortly – their town is small & it is not available online at this time, however you’ll see in the Chief’s own words, what he thinks of “those kind of people in our town” because he’s pretty clear about how people “dressed in all black” and “ear lobes three inches around” are “crazy and scary.” Hope to have it ready for you soon. Thank you all for the support!

~t

# Jul 24, 2008 @ 2:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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44. Jenny writes:

Thank YOU Tonya! Its good to hear the story form someone who was there...

# Jul 24, 2008 @ 2:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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45. Kalis_wrath writes:

Tonya, will you post the link here, or send it to Deathbringer so that he may post it?

# Jul 24, 2008 @ 2:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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46. blessed with hatred writes:

that's total bs....it would be all over the papers if you guys were black insted of dressed in black & douchebags like sharpton would be all over it.....we need some type of big name advocate with lawyers to ensure our civil rights are not violated...the people that set up this show should look into suing the cops & town specificly if proper permits were obtained for this show & there were no prior altercations....

# Jul 24, 2008 @ 3:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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47. Terri writes:

I just left the Sandusky Tribune office and complained to the reporters that the person writing the article obviously was NOT in attendance of this event AND GUESS WHAT....there has been SOOOO many complaints about how this article was a LIE that they are ALREADY working on the "Other Side of the story" article YHEA!!!!! SPEAK UP PEOPLE!!!!!! Keep fighting this fight the more people that take action the more the action will be taken.

# Jul 24, 2008 @ 8:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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48. Kalis_wrath writes:

Hm... this is getting interesting. *grabs a bottle of Jand bag of chips*

# Jul 24, 2008 @ 8:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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49. Kalis_wrath writes:

Jack*

# Jul 24, 2008 @ 8:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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50. fortu1d2@cmich.edu writes:

I was right up front when everything was taking place. What I saw was an obvious act of police brutality! Officer Jasekowski stormed up to the drummer pushed his cymbal over and speard him off his stool. He wrestled with him on the ground and placed him in hand cuffs. Then when the other guy asked "what are the charges?" Jasewski said "arrest him too, disorderly conduct!" The two other police officers pointed taizers at the rest of the crowd to prevent things from going any further. As bad as that sounds, what I find especially disturbing is the article put out by the Sandusky Tribune. Their article portreys the band members as villians and Jasewski as some sort of hero. It says that what the bands were playing wasn't music. Also in the article Jasewski claims that he asked the drummer to stop playing and that the drummer took a swing at him, both are false! I was as close an eye witness as anyone and I know like everyone ther that Jasewski didn't give the kid a chance.

# Jul 24, 2008 @ 11:28 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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51. A_Local writes:

Hey everybody, I'm a Port Sanilac local. While I wasn't at the show. I did hear all about it the next day. What I heard was pretty much what the article describes. They brought in the bands to try to get some younger people out to the event. I heard no reports of bad behavior from the bands or the fans. I don't doubt for a second that there were boos and heckling from the beer tent. It's not their kind of music and the alcohol didn't help at all. What I did hear was that the "police chief" drastically over reacted to the situation. He is not known for keeping a cool head or being able to defuse situations. What I would ask is that anyone who attended the show write a letter to the Port Sanilac Town Council. There needs to be documentation from a large number of witnesses that the officer did not act appropriately.

The truth is I have heard several people who truly do not like metal state that they were appalled by the whole ordeal. I think there is actually a very good chance that Jaskowski will lose his job. which is definitely the right thing to do. We might be a community of hicks, and most of the locals there were probably happy that the music stopped, I don't believe anyone thinks the situation was handled properly.

# Jul 24, 2008 @ 11:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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52. ...Just Another Number... writes:

Wow, this story seriously just made me grind my teeth in pure hatred for ignorant elitest scum. But that's MI for ya, everyone I met up there are single minded emo/indie or nothing.

# Jul 25, 2008 @ 1:24 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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53. Terri writes:

The Sandusky Tribune Phone Number is 810-648-5282, their e-mail is Dixonwrd@aol.com EVERYONE: Please step up and make the call to help these bands. If you witnessed ANYTHING or know of any information please call and stand up for your rights!

# Jul 25, 2008 @ 8:56 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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54. PAPER writes:

BANDS GO WILD AT BARK SHANTY FESTIVAL: TWO ARRESTED

For years, the Port Sanilac Fire Department has depended on proceeds from the beer tent during the Bark SHanty Days festival to help generate some extra money to purchase much-needed fire equipment.
This year, they will not have as much to work with for funding, after an altercation that took place at the beer tent Saturday night.
Port Sanilac Chief Rod Jaskowski and Fire Chief Jack Willis said a number of "Heavy-metal-type rock bands" had been brought in to provide music. What they actually provided, according to police and fire officials, was nothing but headaches.
"It was an embarrassment to the Village of Port Sanilac" Willis said "It was a disgrace."
Chief Jaskowski said he was contacted and asked to respond to the beer tent around 7:30 p.m. after people began gathering their children from a playground area and sat in their cars, while others left the festival.
"One of the bands was playing some sort of music, I guess it was music to some, and they were using offesnsive language, swear words and talking about killing people." Jaskowski reported.
"I discussed the matter with Chief WIllis and he wanted it stopped. We had about 100 or so people in the tent at one time and by the time this all happened, there might have been 10 or 15. Everyone was scared and upset and left the area," he added.
Jaskowski said after talking with WIllis, he spoke with the Port Sanilac DDA Members and eventually asked the band members to stop the vulgar singing.
"Everything seemed fine for a while, Jack (Willis) told me to shut them down if it continued. I spoke with the band and thought they were going to comply. All of a sudden, a drummer goes wild and starts banging and slamming on the drums, just wild. It was crazy I approached him to try to take his drumsticks away from him and make him stop and he swore at me and then he stood up and took a swing at me."
Jaskowski said he immediately called for backup, and wrestled the drummer to the ground and placed him under arrest. A second member of the band tried to get involved in the ruckus and was also arrested. Jaskowski said a taser gun was displayed to try and help keep order, but was never discharged. Nine officers from the U.S. Coast Guard, Michigan State Police and Sanilac County Sherrif department arrived on the scene to assist with the fight.
" I can't even describe how they were dressed and how they sang," said Jaskowski, still upset about the incident Monday morning, "I'Ve never seen anything like it. It was sickening."
Willis added, "The one guy had a dress on and earrings that were three inches around. The bands (two or three) were not the kind we need to be having in Port Sanilac at a family festival. It was totally uncalled for an disgusting. The music was unreal, just horrible. A lot of pounding, bellering, and beating. You couldn't tell a word of what they were singing, if thats what it was."
He continued, "I was the one who told Jas to get them out of there. To shut it down. I knew we had to bring it to a halt. The bands were dressed in black and bringing in the wrong kinds of crowds."
Willis said a decision was made to pay the bands the money promised them and then they were told to leave Port Sanilac. Later in the evening, a DJ came to the beer tent to play music and some of the crowd returned. "I thought Chief Jaskowski handled it very well" he concluded "It was a bad situation. This was our biggest fundraiser of the year and was supposed to really help us out. I don't have a final count yet, but I know it is not going to be very much money. They ruined everything."
Jaskowski suffered a shoulder in jury in the incident and was treated and released from McKenzie Memorial Hospital. He is off work on a workman's compensation claim, awaiting further testing and an MRI. Charges were expected to brought against the two men from the Detroit area.


THIS IS WHAT WAS IN THE PAPER!

# Jul 25, 2008 @ 9:41 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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55. deathbringer writes:

"I'Ve never seen anything like it. It was sickening."

"The bands were dressed in black and bringing in the wrong kinds of crowds"

Wow. Go see the article about banning goth and emo in Russia...sounds familiar. I can't stand to hear such ignorant judgemental idiots like this, especially in positions of power. Although I can't say I'm surprised to hear this sort of reaction. It is not commonplace, but there are ignorant self-righteous people everywhere.

# Jul 25, 2008 @ 10:08 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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56. blessed with hatred writes:

what a bunch of closed minded dumbasses

# Jul 25, 2008 @ 10:19 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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57. Tonya writes:

I was just getting ready to post the Sandusky Tribune article - but I see it’s already been posted - THANK YOU!! I also appreciate the huge response to this tyranny! I just got off the telephone with the owner/publisher of the Sandusky Tribune and our “side” of this atrocity will be printed! Please continue to call & write. Along with the papers, we’re asking that you contact the Michigan ACLU (America Civil Liberties Union) http://aclumich.org and file a complaint on their website. You do not have to be a witness to be outraged and speak out. The complaint form on their site is very easy to use and a backing from the ACLU could mean help with legal fees for the two charged and a louder voice behind our cause. Thank you again guys for all your support - I’ll be in contact!

If you were there as a witness or you’re from the Port Sanilac area, and have an opinion to support our cause, I’d like to be in contact with you directly. Please feel free to contact me at girlscouthandgreande@hotmail.com

~t

# Jul 25, 2008 @ 11:17 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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58. Stephanie writes:

also keep in mind that these bands were okayed... permits were pulled for these bands to play! there was an artical in the paper about what bands were going to play... you can go to http://www.thetimesherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2008807180304 and see for yourself!
look at the part where it says HEAVY-METAL AND HARD ROCK BANDS GETTING READY TO JAM IN PORT SANILAC. what does that tell you??


On the rocks
Rockers hit the stage in Port Sanilac

by Jenna Reed
For Spin

Heavy-metal and hard-rock bands are getting ready to jam in Port Sanilac.
Rock the Docks features seven bands performing high-energy music from 5 to 11 p.m Saturday night in the harbor.


ADVERTISEMENT

Among the performers is Davy Stewart, lead singer for heavy-metal band Fernandos Xcursion.

"He has a rougher tone, but not so much of the screaming," said the Applegate band's guitarist Corey Brown of Stewart's singing.
Brown and Jeremy Johnson of Port Sanilac are organizing the event.

Johnson is part of The Underlying Ruin, a Sanilac County band that has performed at venues including Harpo's in Detroit and the Emerald Theater in Mount Clemens.

The Underlying Ruin beat 50 other bands to win Harpo's Battle of the Bands and a chance to perform at the legendary Milwaukee Metalfest, according to the band's Web site.

"We're looking to jam," said Greg Belkiewicz, lead singer for HI8US, a Capac band also performing in the show. The metal band has signed with the Pain and Sorrow label and starts touring in October.

Also on the lineup are One Ironauts, Severe Head Drama, A World on Strike and Girl Scout Hand Grenade.

"Every one of us tries to go nuts on stage -- to make it a "show" -- not just some people standing around," Belkiewicz said.

Rock the Docks is an attempt by Bark Shanty Festival organizers to appeal to a younger audience.

If it goes well this year, it may become a two-day event next year, organizers said.

Bark Shanty Days continues Sunday. The annual festival includes inflatables, games and entertainment. Most events are in Harbor Park downtown.

For more information, check out the calendar listing.


Jenna Reed is a freelance writer who lives in
Fort Gratiot.


Originally published July 18, 2008

# Jul 25, 2008 @ 11:18 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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59. Kalis_wrath writes:

Wow! That article just made the Port Sanilac police look like a bunch of weaklings! "The ruckus?!" seems to be shaping up that the police caused more "ruckus" than anyone else!

# Jul 25, 2008 @ 1:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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60. Fuck_A_Name writes:

I think deathbringer just brought up a good point. I mean, we're all looking at the Russian bans emo's/goth's article in outrage, but, I've noticed, under the comfortable self-assurance that such a thing could never happen here.(I'm speaking generally for the Americans here, but I suppose it applies everywhere) Yet here we have just such an example of similiar actions and limited mindsets within our very midst, rather than the faraway mistical land of Russia. All I'm saying is watch out, and if you really feel strongly abou this kind of thing, do what post 57 says and make your voice heard. We may not have our own Jesse Jackson or Sharpton, but f***in damnit we've got Dee Snider!

Now Playing: The Star Spangled Banner (played by Zack Wylde during a guitar solo lol)

# Jul 25, 2008 @ 4:55 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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61. Terri writes:

Tonya...is the web address spelled right on your last post? I just want to make sure that people have the right address if they are trying to get hold of you.

# Jul 25, 2008 @ 8:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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62. Stephanie writes:

To: Terri
its www.aclumich.org i think you are just forgetting the www. :D

# Jul 25, 2008 @ 8:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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63. tstarr writes:

No girl scout hand greande or grenade? In comment #57 ???

# Jul 25, 2008 @ 9:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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64. Liberty 4Ever writes:

I am not a fan of metal, but I am a musician and this transcends musical genre. This is about Freedom of Speech and Expression. Post #57 Tonya has made an excellent point about the ACLU and the Sandusky Tribune. Continue to file complaints weeks and months later. Show that this is more than a "one-time outrage." I actually grew up in Sanilac County and we were always privately p***ed about the police force in the local areas. But now they have truly gone too far attacking our liberties and freedoms. It's about time that we finally stand up. It's sad that this had to happen, but I am proud that the youth are standing up. We always get accused of not caring about politics but this is a wake-up call. No longer will we be silent. No longer will we stand idle while bigotry, intolerance, and discrimination prevail. Support the victims of this travesty and support music. Michigan may continue to cut the budgets for education (thus causing schools to cut so-called "low priority" programs like music) but we will not stand for government (i.e. police) taking away our God-given and constitutionally-protected right to organize and create music!!!

# Jul 26, 2008 @ 1:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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65. Kalis_wrath writes:

Terri seems to be the only antagonist in this thread. Perhaps a lover of one of the officers of the Sanilic county officers trying to cover their arse!

# Jul 26, 2008 @ 2:03 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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66. jimmy j. writes:

Very well said Liberty. What ever happened to freedom of speech? Seems to me most people and the law of this town are prejudice( I KNOW SPELLED WRONG' BUT HOPE YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN) of us metalheads. The officer stated Quote: They had on black and looked scarey. It was'nt music just a lot of noise. This officer is a prejudice piece of sh**. It time all metalhead nomatter what type of metal you like or what bands you like' We As Free (SUPPOSED TO BE FREE) American's has to stand up for what we love and believe in. It's so funny people judge us because we act of look different. I say to them you can kiss my ass. I want to be who I am not some puppet on a string having to be what you think I should be to make you happy. I thought this was the land of the free THATS BULLsh**>; METALHEADS ITS f***ING TIME TO MAKE A STAND NOW!!!!!!!!!!

# Jul 26, 2008 @ 2:11 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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67. mike grenade writes:

girlscouthandgrenade@hotmail.com

tonya switched the letters around.

# Jul 26, 2008 @ 7:50 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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68. Stephanie writes:

Kalis_wrath, this is a very serious matter. Terri is one of the people who is actually speaking her voice. We who were involved are honestly making phone calls, writing lettters, and making complaints. Those who care about their rights are also very involved, even if you hate metal, and you dont live anywhere near Michigan you should be concerned about this story. YOU yourself sould contact some of the numbers and web pages givin on these posts. I am not trying to start an argument, I am only trying to say that this is not a joke. We are honest people trying to fight for our rights, and fight for what we REALLY did see. A friend was harrased by a police officer. It was wrong, and we all know it. Thank you.

# Jul 26, 2008 @ 8:40 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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69. Terri writes:

I am not going to waste my time arguing with anyone on this site, I myself have been spending my time doing anything and everything that I can to help the victims in this case. A couple of things that I can promise you I am FAR from a Sanilac County Police lover, I generally am not a fan of any county police lover. I myself have been victimized by members of the Sanilac County Police Dept. however that makes no diffrence in the time that I am spending to help in this case. I have been going to every web site that I can think of reaching out for any kind of help. Drove 45 minutes one way to go to Sandusky paper to talk about the unfair article in the paper, now spending hours on the phone with the reporter on the case trying to help him get hold of people who witnessed this event ( I successfully personaly talked one girl into coming forward to help). I am filling out papers for official complaints. You have no idea who I am and you have no idea how much I am personaly involved with people that were victimized in this situation, both band members and audience members. I REFUSE to start a "fight" with someone who is on my side of this fight, that being said, how about less time worrying about me and what im doing and more time worrying about you and WHAT you can be doing.

# Jul 26, 2008 @ 9:30 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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70. darenloster writes:

This is exactly what happened to Jesus - '' But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law : They hated me without a cause.'' john 15:25

# Jul 26, 2008 @ 10:15 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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71. Red_Chord writes:

Yeah but daren we won our lives forever with that, which is awesome, it's bigger than this incident..

# Jul 26, 2008 @ 10:19 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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72. Salvator writes:

Recently on 7/19/08 there was an assault on a musician by the Chief of police in Port Sanilac for simply trying to set up and play a show that they were scheduled to play. It is my understanding that the musician is being charged with resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer An additional musician has been charged with disorderly conduct.

Supposedly the show was shut down before the drummer for the last band had set up, but it had not been made clear that the show had been shut down, as no announcement was made. I was not present for this event, but when I learned of it, as a fellow musician I became outraged.

From what I hear, drummer Tom Petiprin was physically assaulted by a police officer and arrested along with a musician from a band that had already performed who was an inquisitive onlooker to the incident. I see no justifiable reason for this course of action and I am sure this could have been resolved peacefully had the policeman verbally stated to the band setting up that the show was over.
Instead the policeman ran up on stage, threw a cymbal stand aside and grabbed Tom by the throat as tom tried to set down his drum sticks. He proceeded to throw Tom to the floor and assault him without just cause. I believe the victim has no prior criminal record and his actions did not warrant this kind of extreme reaction from the police. It is my understanding that the assisting officers in this case seemed to have a shocked and surprised expression on their faces and may not have fully supported their chiefs course of action, as they know as well as you or I , deep in their hearts and minds, that this is not right.

I believe the name of the Policeman involved was Police Chief Rod Jaskowski, A simple internet search turned up numerous complaints and incidents of this nature involving the Chief. He has even apparently assaulted and arrested a man for taking part in a town council meeting about The Port Sanilac Police Department abusing their authority!

It is my belief that this man, police chief Rod Jaskowski, has repeatedly abused his position of power, assaulting people who made him angry and charging them with assault on a police officer. I think this is clearly grounds for dismissal of the cases against my fellow musicians as well as grounds for an investigation of Police Chief Rod Jaskowski resulting in loss of his position. I also believe he should be brought up on criminal charges of assault as well as additional charges related to his abuse of his authority.

# Jul 28, 2008 @ 3:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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73. DezFor Prez writes:

In addition The Chief of Police was witnessed after the incident talking to intoxicated beer tent patrons who may or may not have even witnessed the altercation. He was coaxing what I believe to be a false witness statement from an inebriated individual. The conversation was overheard as the police chief, with his arm around a mans shoulder, was asking the man if he had seen the drummer get up and swing a punch. The man replied something like: “Oh yeah, I did see that.”

# Jul 29, 2008 @ 12:24 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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74. Kalis_wrath writes:

Terri, you are the only person who is saying this did not happen. Furthermore, you say you dont want to start a fight with anyone, but yet fighting the people who are telling what they saw? Tell me, how is that to make a lick of sence!

# Jul 29, 2008 @ 12:50 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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75. Tonya writes:

Thanks, Mike and Stephanie for pointing out my misspellings. I guess I must get a little dyslexic when I type angry. :) Kalis_wrath - looking through these posts I don’t see where Terri is saying this did not happen, it appears to me as though she is just as angry and outraged by this as everyone else. Anywho - to correct my mistakes:
Please visit: www.aclumich.org and post your complaints
If you witnessed this or want to further support our cause, you can email: girlscouthandgrenade@hotmail.com

Thank you all again for your support!

# Jul 29, 2008 @ 4:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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76. Kalis_wrath writes:

Perhaps I am miss-understanding her(Terri), but it seems she is trying to say that the police were in the right?

# Jul 29, 2008 @ 5:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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77. Txmetalhead writes:

These kind of incidents will continue to happen if people don't make complaints against the police dept. This sounds like an obvious abuse of power and authority. Arresting a man because he asked What are the charges? Ridiculous. I have forwarded this article to my friends. because if this happens there - it can happen where I live. The police in CC are already enforcing the noise level ordinance..which is complete and utter bullsh**!

# Jul 29, 2008 @ 9:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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78. Update... Part 1 writes:

Still no love for the performers but at least this one gets a bit more into the "real story"
Note: Everyone interviewed for this article are "real people" not "those people"


PUBLISHED: Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Police chief under fire
Rock concert arrests draw sharp criticism
By ERIC LEVINE
Editor
PORT SANILAC - Two arrests during the Bank Shanty Days band concert have drawn complaints and calls for disciplinary action against the chief of police.

Erin McDaid-Kelly, chairman of the Bark Shanty Days Committee that organized the three-day festival, and her husband, Dan Kelly, a festival volunteer and local businessman have sent letters to the Port Sanilac Village Council and the village attorney criticizing the actions of Police Chief Rod Jaskowski, and comments to the press made by Fire Chief Jack Willis.
Village President Andy Fabian acknowledged that the village received the letters, and, as of Monday morning, was waiting to hear from the village attorney.
"It obviously involves our employees, and that's something we're careful to make sure things are done right," said Fabian. "I'm not saying there's an investigation, but we're concerned about the letters and issues at hand the night of the festival. There are always two sides to every story, as you very well know."
Fabian said he had left messages for the village attorney to contact him. "We're just waiting for information," he stated.
The arrests occurred during the Rock the Docks Festival concert at the Harbor Park on July 19. The concert, which was scheduled to feature seven rock bands, had just started in the gazebo when there were complaints about the heavy metal-style music from the beer tent run by the fire department.
"At the time Officer Jaskowski arrived at the park I was already in the process of stopping the music because of complaints from members of the fire department and beer tent staff," Mc-Daid-Kelly stated in her letter of July 23. "The music was at a natural break between bands and I was discussing options for other music for the rest of the night.
"Officer Jaskowski arrived and proceeded to attempt to take over. He stated that he was 'shutting it down', yet made no effort to make a public announcement. As I was speaking with various band members to explain the situation another band member began testing his drums believing he was supposed to play next.
"A moment later I heard a strange noise and turned around to see Officer Jaskowski assaulting the drummer, throwing him to the ground, and arresting him. At no time did I see the drummer make any threatening gestures toward Officer Jaskowski or attempt to resist arrest," she said.
In separate letter to the council dated July 24, Daniel Kelly wrote, "Officer Jaskowski was standing next to me in the parking lot area when the drumming began. He looked up and moved swiftly from the parking area into the park and the gazebo. I followed him into the park where I watched him as he grabbed a cymbal and stand and threw it out of the way. He then forced himself through the drum kit, snatched the drumsticks away from the drummer and tackled the drummer backwards off the stool on the cement where he dragged the drummer onto the grass and began yelling 'Stop Resisting, Stop Resisting!' At no time did the drummer ever take a swing at Officer Jaslowski and the drummer never showed any signs of attempting to resist the officer."
Kelly concluded the letter, "I am asking the village council to place Officer Jaskowski on leave from his duties and begin the proceedings required to remove him from the office he holds."
David Boyer, a member of the Bark Shanty Days Committee, told the News he also witnessed the incident.

# Jul 30, 2008 @ 7:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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79. Update... Part 2 writes:

I was probably 10 feet away from the whole incident," said Boyer, a Sandusky resident and Port Sanilac property owner.
"I was arranging with the announcer to announce (that the concert was cancelled). At that point, the drummer was setting up for the next set...As soon as he started playing the drums I turned around...and saw the officer running over ,pushing the fellow against the cymbals into a pole, ended up going over the back of the gazebo onto the ground."
When Boyer made a comment to another police officer about what he had just witnessed, he claimed "Officer Jaskowski looked up and said, 'I've got another set of handcuffs, do you want to go to jail, too?"
Boyer added, "He (Jaskowski) basically attacked this guy. I couldn't believe it was happening. It was unreal."
The drummer, Thomas Petipren of Almont, a 29-year-old mechanical engineer with General Dynamics, said he was warming up because "there was no announcement, nobody told me (the concert was off)." He saw the police chief approaching and then, "he charged me...dove right at me."
Petipren said he was transported to the Sanilac County Jail and booked on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting and obstructing police. He was released immediately on bond, and told his arraignment date in district court would be Aug. 19.
Petigren denied doing anything wrong, and said he was contacting potential witnesses to fight the charges. He expressed concern the incident could jeopardize his job because General Dynamics holds contracts with the Department of Defense.
The Kellys responded to the park after getting a phone call from the organizer of the beer tent, Jim Matson. Matson told the News he was concerned about hard rock music being played in what was supposed to be a "family atmosphere" in the park.
Fire Chief Jack Willis was also upset about the music and the crowd that it attracted.
"I could see there could be problems," said Willis. "I thought things could get out of hand very easily."
Willis added, "the music, if it was music was bellering and pounding. It wasn't music for a family group or people that were sitting and having a few drinks and talking. I informed him (Jaskowski) that Jim and I would shut the beer tent down (if the music continued)...My personal opinion is they (beer bent customers) were disgusted with it. There were people that didn't get out of their cars. We just decided it couldn't go on or there would definitely would be problems. With that type of crowd...mostly underage...I got a little leery."
In her letter, McDaid-Kelly stated, "It is my hope that the Village will take whatever actions are necessary to rectify this situation and minimize the damages that have already been done to the gentlemen who were arrested and to the Village itself. I also hope that Officer Jaskowski's actions...will be thoroughly scrutinized when determining (his) ability to continue as...Chief in Port Sanilac."
She was also critical of Willis, for statements he made in a July 24 article in the Sandusky Tribune. She claimed comments in the article by the police chief and fire chief showed they "are clearly bigoted against those who are different from themselves" and "the disgrace would be if the Village continues to allow people such as Mr. Willis and Officer Jaskowski...to be in such dominant leadership positions."
Willis declined to comment on Erin Kelly's allegations.
Jaskowski did not return several messages left on his answering machines at the office and at home.
No details were available on the second arrest.
This is the second incident within a year that the council has heard complaints about the police chief. In December, village resident John Kelke complained about being arrested outside the council chambers, while the council was in a closed session for the purpose of hearing citizen complaints against the police department.
The council voted to not take any disciplinary action against Jaskowski or the other officers involved in the arrest.
Kelke petitioned the circuit court for a personal protection order against Jaskowsk following the incident. The petition was dropped after Kelke moved to Florida for the winter. Kelke alleged the chief threatened to arrest him several times over a fence he had built on his property. Kelke claimed when he attempted to enter the council chambers on Dec. 12, after receiving a letter from the village president, he was assaulted by officers

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