An attorney wants Salt Lake County to pay $1,000 each to four people who reportedly were frisked and humiliated while trying to enter the Iron Maiden and Anthrax rock concert at the Salt Palace earlier this month.
But the local manager of Spectacor, the company that manages the Salt Palace, said his security officials have assured him no one was frisked on the night of the concert."Before each concert, I've stood by the entrance and watched," said Spectacor Manager David Meek. "I haven't seen us frisk anyone."
In a letter to County Attorney David Yocom, attorney Brian Barnard said his clients were frisked by unidentified security officers on March 19 and told to remove their jackets. One of the four was told to lift his pant legs for inspection. The security guards refused to identify themselves and told the four they could be arrested if they resisted the search, the letter said.
Barnard identified the four as Mace VanDeventer, 22; Blaine Hag-ler, 24; Anjanette Reed, 24; and Mark Stephens, 22.
Barnard said the searches violated the constitutional rights of the four and violated the county's own policies.
"My clients plan on attending other events at that government facility, and will, if necessary, commence legal action to prevent illegal and unconstitutional conduct in the future."
Meek said VanDeventer was sent to a detention station in the facility on the night of the concert, but he declined to state the reason. He said concertgoers are taken to such stations if they are involved in fights, persistently stand on their chairs or violate other rules.
Barnard said security guards claimed VanDeventer was drunk and made him undergo a sobriety test in the foyer of the main entrance to the Salt Palace. He said this was done to humiliate VanDeventer and to intimidate and frighten other concertgoers.
"The crowd that attended the recent Bikini Night sponsored by the Golden Eagles hockey team was more dangerous and more out of control than the crowd in attendance at the Iron Maiden and Anthrax concert," Barnard said. "Yet, those fans . . . were not searched or given field sobriety tests as they walked in the door."