Word of the parties is spread through social media and may bring in outsiders including criminal elements from across the country. Social media notifications can result in a pop-up type party that provides little time for law enforcement to be prepared if the event needs intercession. This flier states there will be unlimited liquor during the party and calls for all colleges to attend. This flier was sent out over Twitter and possibly other social media.
Waller County prepares to tighten up regulations on “Pasture Parties”
Commissioners Precinct 1 John Amsler along with the Waller County District Attorney Elton Mathis and Waller County Sheriff R. Glenn Smith brought a number of issues before the court April 24 concerning “Pasture Parties.” Those parties can have an attendance from a few hundred to several thousands of people on ranch land in the county. These parties generate calls of concern and complaints, not only to the Waller County Sheriff’s Office, but also to Amsler. Amsler expressed his frustration that people in his precinct were being subjected to blocked roads, loud music and thousands of people partying until all hours of the night.
What was termed mass gatherings and the issues that develop from those gatherings are a cause for concern primarily during the fall and spring when thousands of people attend the Prairie View A&M University Homecoming and Spring Fest. The issues are not restricted necessarily to those times, places or population demographics.
Input from Mathis about the history of problems with un-permitted mass gatherings provided historical information about such issues. He stated that problems have been documented since at least 2001. Mathis referenced an event he described as a Rave that took place south of Brookshire in that year. The party, known as Cyberfest 2001 was held at the River Bridge Super Park on Siedel Road and was promoted in the Houston Chronicle September 20, 2001. Partygoers, estimated at 10,000, parked as far as five miles away to attend. The event required significant manpower from law enforcement and the court system including about 150 officers from Texas Department of Public Safety and local jurisdictions. Those officers were primarily involved in undercover drug investigations.
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