SLIPKNOT: More Details Emerge About Council Bluffs Concert Riot

Courtney Brummer of The Daily NonPareil has issued the following report:

Two people were arrested as the result of a disturbance during the SLIPKNOT 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.

During the 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 concert continued.

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 Alex Hansen, 20, of New Market, jumped on the hood of a police cruiser parked between the west and south entrance doors.

Hansen then 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.


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