01/05/2005 - SLIPKNOT: More
Details Emerge About Council Bluffs Concert Riot
The Daily NonPareil
has issued the following report:
Two people were
arrested as the result of a disturbance during the
concert at the Mid-America Center [in Council Bluffs, Iowa] Friday night.
The incident began
during the concert when audience members rushed a door that was to be used
to enter the main floor of the arena, Council Bluffs police reports stated.
When they weren't
allowed to enter, some people in the crowd started to push on the door and
throw tables and chairs.
At approximately 8:45
p.m., Council Bluffs Police officers who were working at the concert made
calls asking for assistance from other officers. At that time, additional
officers, deputies from the Pottawattamie County Sheriff's Office and Iowa
State Patrol troopers arrived to assist.
When more officers
arrived, audience members were trying to ram the doors with a table. While
officers tried to push back the crowd, one person allegedly instructed
others in the crowd to "rush the police," reports stated.
disturbance, people also began throwing things at the officers
A Council Bluffs
Police officer was pushed aside and used pepper spray to try to disperse the
crowd. Reports indicated that a TASER was also used after someone threatened
an officer. The suspect that was TASERed, identified later as Paul Howard,
28, of Omaha, was treated by paramedics at the MAC and arrested for rioting
and interference with official acts. He was then transported to the
Pottawattamie County Jail.
The crowd then
reportedly calmed down and was allowed to enter the main floor as the
After the concert
officers were attempting to do crowd control again as people were leaving
the MAC. Police allege that's when a man, identified as
20, of New Market, jumped on the hood of a police cruiser parked between the
west and south entrance doors.
allegedly tried to run from officers who subdued him by taking him to the
ground. When he was searched, officers reportedly found a small glass drug
pipe with burned residue in his front pants pocket.
He was arrested for
fourth-degree criminal mischief, public intoxication and possession of drug
paraphernalia and was transported to Pottawattamie County Corrections
without further incident.
No officers were
injured during the incident.