LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles police say they were worried about unruly crowd behavior and drug abuse before the Electric Daisy Festival this past weekend after which a 15 year old girl died of a suspected overdose and dozens more were hospitalized.
Deputy Chief Pat Gannon says police were worried about the two-day event at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum that drew an estimated 185,000 people over the weekend.
He added that police had to shift numerous officers away from other duties to patrol the rave, where 118 arrests were made, mostly for drug possession.
Gannon indicated it was common knowledge there could be trouble, given that such events are notorious for illicit drug use.
"When you hire two dozen private ambulances to show up to deal with overdoses, you know there is going to be a significant
problem," Gannon told the Los Angeles Times.
Officials at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum have initiated a temporary ban on raves.
The girl, identified by family members as Sasha Rodriguez, was in respiratory arrest and non-responsive when she was taken to California Hospital Medical Center over the weekend, according to hospital spokeswoman Katreena Salgado.
Rodriguez died Tuesday.
The Atwater Village teen was one of two rave attendees who were in critical condition at the hospital after the 14th annual Electric Daisy Carnival.
Doctors won't know what drugs were in Rodriguez's system until an autopsy and toxicology tests are completed, Salgado said.
Managers of the Coliseum are promising a thorough investigation as to why a 15-year-old was allowed into the rave when 16 was the minimum age for entry.
After receiving a request from Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky for a rave moratorium, Coliseum Commission President Barry A. Sanders said he was instructing Coliseum managers not to enter into any new agreements with rave producers until the commissioners can meet in a special session scheduled for July 16.
Commissioners will review all criteria required for organizers using the venue.
It was not immediately clear whether the Love Festival, marketed as "America's longest-running dance music festival," would continue to go on as planned.
It is scheduled for Aug. 21 at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, which is next to the Coliseum.
More than 200 people were injured and over 100 were taken to hospitals during the two-day electronic music festival and rave at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Exposition Park, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The June 25-26 event drew a huge crowd of 185,000 people.
Because of the size of the event, paramedics were stationed at a command post at the event, the fire department said.
Meantime, the Los Angeles Police Department reported 63 arrests on Saturday night, nine of which were juveniles.
The range of offenses included sales of narcotics, possession of narcotics, trespassing and drinking in public, according to Lt. Darrell Belthius.
EDC featured carnival rides and five stages of dance music.
There were performances by superstar deejays and artists including Moby, Steve Aoki, Will.i.Am and Deadmau5.
Electric Daisy Carnival is hosted by Insomniac, an event promotions company.
LAPD Concerned About Unruly Crowds, Drugs Before L.A. Rave
The "Electric Daisy Carnival" featured carnival rides and five stages of dance music.
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