MSP: 23 jailed, 28 pending arrest during EF.

July 7, 2017

MSP: 23 jailed, 28 pending arrest during EF.


ROTHBURY — Twenty three people were arrested during the Electric Forest Festival, and 28 suspects are pending arrest following the gigantic event over the last two weekends at the Double JJ Resort, according to a press release issued by the Hart post of the Michigan State Police Friday, July 7.

“The Michigan State Police (MSP) was again contracted by festival promoters to provide on-site law enforcement services for the 2017 Electric Forest Festival, which consisted this year of two back-to-back festivals on consecutive weekends,” the press release states.

MSP activity during the two-weekend event include:

– 140 original complaints were investigated by troopers.

– 23 subjects were lodged in the Oceana County Jail.

– 28 subjects are pending arrest after review by the Oceana County Prosecutor’s Office.

“Current and pending charges range from felony drug and weapons charges to misdemeanors which include assault, drug possession, trespass, disorderly and fugitive from justice.
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“Troopers also responded or assisted emergency medical services and/or festival security on medical calls within the venue.

“The MSP has provided public safety services for the 2008 and 2009 Rothbury Festival, and the 2011-2017 Electric Forest Festival.

“Troopers from posts across the state were temporarily assigned to the five-day event (for two weekends). Within the agreement with promoters, those troopers’ positions were then backfilled, preventing any break in law enforcement services to citizens. Any overtime, travel costs, or other expenses are reimbursed by festival promoters, so this service is completed at ‘no cost’ to Michigan citizens.”

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