Nine arrests at Shoreline country concert

Dozens of Mountain View police deal with rowdy concert-goers during summer season

Summer concert season is in full-swing at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, and that means a big spike in arrests for drunk-in-public offenses and the occasional brawl. The Dierks Bentley concert at Shoreline on July 31 was no exception, and by the end of the night police arrested eight people on suspicion of being drunk in public and one man for allegedly punching someone in the face repeatedly.

The arrests last week were substantial, though not out of the ordinary, according to Sgt. Saul Jaeger of the Mountain View Police Department. He said there are arrests for being drunk in public at every concert, and the number of arrests can ramp up depending on the type of concert. The general rule of thumb is that country concerts like the Dierks Bentley show result in the highest incidents of alcohol-related offenses and fights.

"You don't get the same number of arrests for a Depeche Mode concert," Jaeger said.

At around 11:45 p.m. officers responded to a battery report at the concert, and later found that a man had allegedly punched a 23-year-old San Jose man in the face several times for "unknown reasons," causing a cut on the man's lip. The man, whom police identified as 26-year-old Kyle Cowgill, refused to provide his address, and after being arrested he pulled away from officers and attempted to flee. He was taken into custody and booked into county jail on suspicion of battery, resisting arrest and a probation violation.

At 11:46 p.m., just one minute later, police received a report that a 24-year-old Santa Clara woman had been attacked while walking through a group of people at the concert, according to Jaeger. The woman told police she was walking through a group of girls on the sidewalk with her friend when she was tripped and fell to the ground. Several girls in the group began hitting and kicking the woman while she was down. Officers could not locate the suspects, and later learned that the woman possibly suffered a concussion.

Jaeger said police were unable to determine whether or not alcohol was a factor in any of the three incidents of battery that occurred at the concert.

The eight arrests for being drunk in public were for a host of different reasons, all related to the state penal code regarding drunk and disorderly conduct. Jaeger said it's common for some people to drink to the point where they can't care for themselves and need to be taken in, other times it's inebriated concert-goers trying to get back into the venue after being escorted out.

Police post signs, give warnings and enforce the no-drinking rules in the parking lots and surrounding area of Shoreline Amphitheatre to cut down on the number number of alcohol-related arrests.

Another country concert at Shoreline, the Toby Keith concert on May 31, had a comparable spike in crime, according to police reports. Five people were arrested for being drunk in public, one person was arrested for battery and one person was arrested for possession of narcotics. Police also received reports of four additional cases of battery that night.

Jaeger said other, non-country concerts have their own problems as well. He said some concerts bring in more gang-related problems rather than drunks and fights, and that police respond with "all hands on deck" for raves, which are notorious for drug-related offenses.

The number of police officers deployed for concert events depends not just on the type of concert, but also how things went at previous concerts in the tour. Jaeger said they contact venues that recently held the same band to find out how many arrests and incidents occurred to get an idea of how much they need to step up enforcements. The number of tickets sold also gets factored in, he said.

All told, about 26 police officers were at the Dierks Bentley concert, making arrests well after the end of the concert, past midnight.


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Posted by DM
a resident of Jackson Park
on Aug 6, 2014 at 2:09 pm

WooHoo! us Depeche Mode lovers are a more peaceful bunch.

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Posted by Pun Guy
a resident of Willowgate
on Aug 6, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Depeche Model citizens.

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Posted by steve
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 6, 2014 at 2:34 pm

It's because Depeche Mode fans are just about geriatric... and I speak as one!

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Posted by Worried
a resident of Rex Manor
on Aug 6, 2014 at 2:46 pm

As a long time resident of Mountain View, these reports worry me.

If this is a documented and repeatable issue, then maybe there ought to be some changes:
1. is there enough concert private security provided by promoters?
2. is there enough MV Police coverage, given that this is expected?
3. shouldn't residents have some voice on what type of events are allowed in the city locales?

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Posted by letsgetreal
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 6, 2014 at 3:08 pm

Putting up with this concert series / bad behavior obviously has nothing to do with our community, it's all about money... as usual.

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Posted by Duke
a resident of Rengstorff Park
on Aug 6, 2014 at 8:28 pm

The city should think twice about scheduling concerts like this. I saw a pickup truck on Amphitheatre headed to this concert, windows rolled down with a giant confederate flag flying. Are these the type of people you want to invite to your city?

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Posted by DC
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Aug 6, 2014 at 10:32 pm

There is a new place for concerts and events in the south bay, it's called Levis stadium. Lots of parking and public transportation.

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Posted by Susan
a resident of Castro City
on Aug 7, 2014 at 9:04 am

Hey folks, get real! 8 people getting drunk is not an epidemic! Consider the thousands of tickets sold. it just means that everyone else was NOT drunk. Really! A Confederate flag is also not an invasion. Really! Who are "these type of people", anyway? Someone who likes Country music and is from the South? Really! Get over yourselves! Stay home. Concerts last a few hours at best.

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Posted by I'll tell you what "types"
a resident of Bailey Park
on Aug 7, 2014 at 12:19 pm

"these types of people" that you asked about are the drunkards and trouble makers. They are the ones who should have stayed home. Disgusting behavior by those types of people. No need to try and apologize for them, it won't work.

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Posted by Witness
a resident of Bailey Park
on Aug 7, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Oh, and Susan, you under the incorrect impression that only 8 people got drunk. This is not the case at all. MANY were drunk and MANY were disorderly. Only 8 got arrested. I was there, it was a gross display of bad behavior.

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Posted by Susan
a resident of Castro City
on Aug 7, 2014 at 2:26 pm

Witness...Don't go then.

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Posted by USA
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Aug 7, 2014 at 6:43 pm

It was just a bunch a good old boy drinking Buds. A few had too many. Not a big deal. Its not like it was a bunch of coloreds or homos on drugs. Those are not the type of people we want to invite to our city.

Ah, wait. Was that bigoted? Was that asinine?


Funny bigoted people cannot see their own bigotry.

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Posted by D-unique
a resident of The Crossings
on Aug 7, 2014 at 8:09 pm

Now is it drunk in public if they are in a venue where alcohol is being served??? Sounds like the the fake child molesting cops of mv have nothing better to do then arrest people inside a concert...

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