Wow, that happened over a year ago and there were plenty of investigations that cleared them from any wrongdoing.
Really? Every article I can find on it speaks of pretty harsh treatment.
Here is a salon article that goes over it pretty well.
Stark raving mad - Salon
I especially like the part where the sheriff responds to people'e complaints that they had M-16s pointed directly at them by saying:
They must be mistaken, we don't have M-16s.
Yet the video clearly shows many of the troops carrying M-16s. Of course maybe they are some derivitive so technically
they are not M-16s, but come on. That comment alone tells me that the police are not being honest about what happened.
I can't find any articles that talk about an investigation, other than "County Officials" reviewed the case. When you have witness after witness going on about the excessive force used by the police, I find it hard to believe that they are 100% innocent here.
Still, my original question stands, could this have been handled differently?
Having had several excessively large parties at one of my old houses, I can tell you we ended several by simply stopping the music, and telling everyone it was time to go home. Even the guys who were completely snookered were gone after 10 minutes.