Pointless Fest–What Happened?

Last Thursday, I posted a bit of a conversation I overheard while walking by the First Unitarian Church. There were a whole bunch of folks there peacefully hanging out, waiting for the first night of the Pointless Fest to begin. It appears that the show Friday night wasn’t so calm. A few people have left comments on that post, trying to figure out what happened and why it happened. Dave left this comment,

The show was cancelled. I walked outside the church to chaos. There were helicopters, and fucking pigs came Friday the 2nd night of the show, and beat and maced so many kids. They ran over a dog with one of their cars, they beat a some dog to death, and the dog didn’t do anything but bark because they were beating and macing it’s owner who happend to be a pregnant woman. It was fucking insane. I don’t know the exact reason to why all this happend.

There is nothing about it on the R5 Productions website or their blog. Philly Future has a little something about it, but seems to have been written before hand. If you have a story to tell about what happened and why that night, please leave a comment.

8 Comments so far

  1. jim (unregistered) on August 14th, 2006 @ 12:18 pm

    weren’t three girls raped at the pointless fest back in 2004? just seems like an invitation to a bunch of scumbags who like to pass themselves off as punk rockers to me. i read that there was actually a hold up at a nearby store this time around. what a bunch of losers.

    seriously, how cool is it to constantly refer to police as “pigs” and “bacon”, and people actually think that this is funny or a joke? there is nothing funny about inciting violence.

    i seriously doubt that any canines were hit by cars and/or beat to death. seems like a cowardly reply from a coward who probably stood 50 feet back and threw a bottle while yelling “pig”.

    can we please not host any more events that draw these scumbags, please.


  2. brendan (unregistered) on August 14th, 2006 @ 12:22 pm

    i walked by also, and the “real” reason why all hell broke loose was due to a bunch of transients with no respect for our city or the shows that r5 put on at the church. these “kids” really just wanted to be a bunch of assholes. i can understand if “punk rock is my life man”, i’ve seen it all before for the past 20 years, but it’s always the few bad apples that cause the problems. they want to cause a defiance, and start a problem, then quickly blame it on the police/organizers/bouncers who are here to actually help out and prevent a problem.

    i overheard 2 squatter type telling people that were passing by that the “pigs” had just kicked a dog and were harrasing a pregnant girl. i have to say it sounded like a complete bunch of bullshit to me from some “kids” looking to spread some lies.

    i am said to say that it has really made me ashamed of the scene that was such a large part of my life.

    way to go and fuck it up for all of us.


  3. Julie (unregistered) on August 14th, 2006 @ 1:28 pm

    I live in the building at the corner of 21st and Chestnut, and on Friday night, I looked out my window at the parking lot behind the building and the church because there was a lot of yelling. It looked like a fight was going to break out and there were a circle of kids. Then, 3 police officers showed up and pulled out their billy clubs. I didn’t see exactly what happened next, but before I knew it, the police officers were beating the kids with their club. One kid got tasered, and two of his friends tried to grab him and pulled him by his arms across the lot, as one of the cops followed, hitting him with the club as they went. Another officer went running around the block after someone else who started running away. Eventually a ton of police cars came, with a fire truck, and everyone broke up. 2 of the kids were lying on the ground but both got up eventually and one got put in a police car. The 3 police were outnumbered at first, but it seemed like one of the officers was a little out of control.
    I’d be interested to know any more details.


  4. Julie (unregistered) on August 14th, 2006 @ 1:29 pm

    I live in the building at the corner of 21st and Chestnut, and on Friday night, I looked out my window at the parking lot behind the building and the church because there was a lot of yelling. It looked like a fight was going to break out and there were a circle of kids. Then, 3 police officers showed up and pulled out their billy clubs. I didn’t see exactly what happened next, but before I knew it, the police officers were beating the kids with their club. One kid got tasered, and two of his friends tried to grab him and pulled him by his arms across the lot, as one of the cops followed, hitting him with the club as they went. Another officer went running around the block after someone else who started running away. Eventually a ton of police cars came, with a fire truck, and everyone broke up. 2 of the kids were lying on the ground but both got up eventually and one got put in a police car. The 3 police were outnumbered at first, but it seemed like one of the officers was a little out of control.
    I’d be interested to know any more details.


  5. Matt (unregistered) on August 15th, 2006 @ 4:00 pm

    This is just from my perspective as I was sitting in that alleyway/one way street outside of the church when things started to go to hell. Two security guards came running past yelling at two bike cops to hurry up. That got the attention of just about everybody and very quickly a crowd was gathered in the parking lot. Things soon escalated and I decided it was time to go find my friends to make sure everyone was alright. Four of my friends were with me in the crowd initially, only two of them accompanied me as we left. As we turned the corner about 15 to 20 cops came running telling everyone to “get the fuck out of the way” and shoving anyone within arms length.
    We stayed out in front of the church for a few minutes and then decided to go a few blocks over to get away from all the action and try to find our other friends. As we were walking away a guy came up to us and asked if we’d seen a puppy. We said no, sorry buy we’d be on the look out for one. We asked how he lost it and he said that the cops maced the crowd he was standing in, the puppy got scared and took off. We turned the corner and a pedestrian came up to us asking what the hell was going on. She said she just saw a puppy run out into the street and get hit by a car.
    That whole night was fucked up and I’d really like to see some pictures or videos from anyone who didn’t get their camera smashed by the pigs.


  6. jessy (unregistered) on August 15th, 2006 @ 6:28 pm

    “That whole night was fucked up and I’d really like to see some pictures or videos from anyone who didn’t get their camera smashed by the pigs.”

    posted by matt

    is there a reason why everyone refers to cops as “pigs”. that’s just great, it really shows what a bunch of assholes all you people are. a lot of you scenesters and punks really need to “mature” a little, or really maybe a lot.


  7. Crus T. Punk (unregistered) on August 16th, 2006 @ 2:07 am
  8. kelly scumdog (unregistered) on August 19th, 2006 @ 5:56 pm

    Alright listen up kids I was the pregnant women with the dog they didnt kill her but the cop almost hit her in the face and that other dog is my friend harrys dog she didnt die either she ran away cause she was really scared and she walked 2 miles all the way back to the squat. I did how ever got hit with a night stick and maced in the eyes for just walking away. My husband had to go to prison for an aggravated assult on an officer but he did not touch anyone. Were going to sue the pilly p.d. because what they did was fucked up. It all started when those fsu retards came up to some of my friends like 5 blocks away from the church and told us that the were going to stab us if they saw us the next day well we told other people and they got mad a confronted those fsu dudes and shit turned sour tony pointless showed up and some dude called the cops and they didnt even tell us to leave they just starting beating us up. One of my friends kayla got her face smashed up because she got pushed near a cop. The news paper said she put him in a head locked but that isnt possable she a 17 year old 5’3 90 pound girl putting a fat ass 6’4 cop she also went uncounious with the first blow then they were still hitting her when she was passed out then they took her shirt off. And we even paid to go into that day of the fest. All and all this was a bad expeirence.



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