Over Labor Day weekend, the 2015 edition of the Backwoods Camping & Music Festival was underway in Stroud, Oklahoma. The festival is a popular three-day event in the region that hosts nearly 10,000 festival goers a day. Unfortunately one festival goer lost their life at the event, but the reason isn’t what you might expect.
Lincoln County authorities addressed the media stating an incident took place during the festival that resulted in the death of Patrick Murphy (34). The altercation occurred between Murphy and security personnel while he was being subdued for demonstrating “erratic behavior.” The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) announced they would be looking into the death as a possible homicide until investigators receive an official cause of death from the state medical examiner.
Its unfortunate news considering this is the second account of security personnel being overly aggressive with patrons over the same weekend. The EDM band FYER was confronted by a security team member while exiting the festival grounds that resulted in a separate, non-related incident. The band released a statement over Facebook citing, “This assault culminated with the FYER tour manager being sliced on the arm with a blade wielded by said officer, requiring hospitalization in the ER and several stitches.”
Unfortunately FYER will not be performing today at BackwoodsFestival as previously scheduled. Last night upon leaving...
Posted by FYER on Sunday, September 6, 2015
Labor Day Weekend is without a doubt a huge weekend on the festival circuit calendar. It’s not unreasonable to think that with the sheer amount of people that make it out to these events, there will never be real complications. Frankly, there is no excuse for this though. The security personnel should be there to help provide and ensure the safety of the people around them. Security should always act in a manor to defuse a situation, certainly not antagonize it. It’s a real shame that some security officers exploit their position with patrons rather than promote and look after their safety. It’s a terrible abuse of power that will surely be looked at closer as the investigation continues.