The accounts differ as to whether the ravers had all the permits they needed (you need a permit to have more than 250 people on private land way out in the middle of nowhere? So it seems…)
Note however, that there is little but very violent resistance that would justify the kind of force the police are alleged to have used.
Not having been there or knowing any of the participants personally, I am unwilling to rush to judgment as to which account more closely captures the truth, although I’ll say this much: if it proves to be true that the the cops were impounding cameras and trying to stop filming, I think it’s fair to suspect that they might have had something to hide.
And if the accounts of violence, or raiding-despite-a-permit-and-without-a-warrant prove true, then the Utah police are simply out of control — or worse, controlled by really bad and evil people.
Update: As is increasingly often the case, info central on this issue is the wikipedia entry. And what to make of this unsourced claim: “A source inside the Utah government reports that this action was undertaken out of fear that the Rave would be used to rally support for the protest against Bush’s upcoming Utah visit.” They couldn’t be that crazy. Could they?