Go to Every Party, Rob The D.J....

San Francisco police might not be as vengeful toward D.J.'s as Nas, but they still are gleefully using their utterly bullshit power to rob with impunity on them. See this SF Weekly story:

San Francisco DJs at underground parties in SOMA are claiming that their equipment is being unfairly seized, and in some cases being held beyond a reasonable amount of time, by the San Francisco Police Department. A national electronic-rights organization is investigating the claims.

Over the past six months, music fans who have been spinning records — or even just attending friends' events — claim their laptops, soundboards, and mixers have been taken by the cops in police raids. The busted gatherings include an illegal dance party, an artist fundraiser, and a private Halloween bash. While it's unclear whether the lack of official permits was enough reason to close down all these parties, the bigger question is why the police are seizing and holding private property that DJs and attendees use as valuable tools for making their art and living....

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is taking on [DJ's Justin] Credible's and [Matthew] Higgins' cases [who had their laptops stolen by the cops]....Civil liberties director Jennifer Granick says she's concerned about the recent laptop grabs because they've apparently been done without arrests being made...."You can't just go to a party and say, 'You can't have a party because it's after hours and you don't have a permit,' and just take people's property," she adds. She points out that taking laptops away is "a real interference with people's livelihood, whether they are professional DJs or they work somewhere else."

The SFPD gave only a very general explanation for the justification behind cops removing computers and other gear from party scenes. "They're being taken as evidence as part of the allegation of the complaint that's taken place and/or crime that's taken place," says Sergeant Wilfred Williams, who adds that arrests don't have to be made for property to be seized. He explains that sometimes people are simply cited, and then equipment believed to have been used to promote a party is booked into evidence.

The EFF's web site.

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  • Contemplationist||

    I wish EFF was not for Net neutrality BS, then theyd be perfect

  • EFF||

    I wish libertarians weren't against net neutraility, they they'd be perfect.

  • Net Neutrality||

    Don't blame me for your relationship problems.

  • Atabrat||

    Sucka DJs

  • ||

    All of the DJs surely have taken a lesson.

  • ||

    The cops involved in liquor (and other) licenses for venues in SF are indeed cocks.

  • JB||

    It's more than past time to start breaking into cops' and politicians' homes and see how they like it.

  • ed||

    music fans who have been spinning records...claim their laptops, soundboards, and mixers have been taken

    I haven't been to a hip party in quite some time, so somebody help me out here.
    Why do you need a computer to spin a record?

  • John Berger||

    Alot of music is mixed on Laptops these days, or sound effects stored there ect. Its alot cheaper than using studio equipment and sounds close enough to the real thing. Much easier to use a virtual 808 than obtaining a real one.

  • DJ||

    Most laptops weigh under 7lbs, and are easily replaced from backups.

    However, a DJ's box of records can weigh more than 30lbs easily, and is filled with rare, hard (or impossible) to replace pieces of fragile vinyl.

    Even without cops stealing gear, there are still lots of dangers to carrying one's music to and from parties.

  • Rich||

    "They're being taken as evidence as part of the allegation of the complaint that's taken place and/or crime that's taken place,"

    Sheesh, why not take the perps' clothing then?

  • ||

    It could be worse. They could hang the blessed DJ.

  • ||

    So what? Who's gonna stop em? Cops are just the Mafia with badges.

  • Colin||

    And here I thought SF was a people's republic.

    Hopefully Comrade Newsome will be looking into this matter. I expect a full report at the next central committee meeting.

  • hurly buehrle||

    Give them credit: they're not shying away from the whole "abolishing private property" side of things. Unlike those wussy French.

  • ¢||

    Why do you need a computer to spin a record?

    The "spinning records" in the story is the reporter trying to sound hep, as the young people say. Don't read it like it's words that mean stuff.

  • ||

    You put the needle on the record, put the needle on the record, put the needle on the record and the dope beats go like this.

  • ed||

    So they're spinning hard disks, not records. Gotcha. Back in the day (my day) somebody put an actual record on a turntable and we listened to the whole thing! Get off my lawn.

  • ||

    Sure, for good records. The remaining 90% of albums from the past 60 years are only good for one measure anyway, so why stop these new artists from making something entertaining from it?

  • skr||

    +1

  • BakedPenguin||

    Cops are just the Mafia with badges.

    Except the mafia doesn't make any pretensions about being there "to help" anyone.

  • DJ||

    Sure they do -- They're neighbors, so they wouldn't want to see anything bad happen to you, and so for a low, low fee, they can "protect" you.

  • ||

    Least the mafia is somewhat honest about it.

    "Pay Us Or Else" being more honest than "Do As We Say Or Else". The mafia actually wants the money. The gov't doesn't really want you to obey, cause they want your money too, which they get from your non-compliance.

    That make any sense?

  • Sweatpants||

    KICK IT OVER HERE BABY POP, LET ALL THE FLY SKIMMERS FEEL THE BEAT mmmmMMMM DDDDDDDRRROP!

  • ||

    Somehow that post made my subwoofer thump. Mad Props.

  • ||

    Welcome to the new Regime! hahah

    Jess
    www.ultimate-privacy.br.tc

  • ||

    "Illegal dance party"? You have to have a permit just to have a dance party? Whatever for?

    And here I thought Footloose was just a movie.

  • Paul||

    Seattle, liberal mecca, had a teen dance ordinance. You laugh, you laugh...

  • NeonCat||

    Talking points I don't feel like making into a coherent argument.
    -New Professionalism
    -Weakened 4th amendment protection, i.e. warrants specifically listing what is to be seized, searched, etc.

  • Paul||

    And apropos of this, I give to you: http://www.dailymotion.com/vid.....lert_music

  • ||

    Yeah, the blatant disregard for the 4th Amendment really pisses me off. It's not surprising but it still pisses me off, even if I'm not a fan of da hippity hop.

  • ||

    This is completely justified to continue in my adopted hometown. Young people should be out, "volunteering" to serve President Obama rather than listening to music and dancing.

  • skr||

    What's wrong with kids these days? Back in my day, when the cops showed up at an illegal dance party, which we called a "rave" by the way, we ran like rats from a sinking ship. Cops at the door? Go out the window. Seriously, kids these days don't have enough appreciation for those guns, batons, and pepper spray the pigs carry.

  • ed||

    What's wrong with kids these days?

    a) They won't get off my lawn
    b) Their "music" is incomprehensible
    c) They are tragically unprepared to anticipate the coming doom
    c) They see the coming doom but they just don't care
    d) All of the above
    e) Some of the above
    f) Have you seen the new Hannah Montana video? OMG!

  • ||

    Rocked my world, thanks ed!

  • DJ||

    Years of lax enforcement have made their senses dull and slow to react.

  • skr||

    Are we going to have to resurrect map points?

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