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#1 MUSICinTheABsTrAcT

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Posted 10 April 2005 - 01:29 AM

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Witness: Police mistreated Rush guitarist in ruckus
By JOHN HENDERSON, jfhenderson@naplesnews.com
April 10, 2005

For the past year, John Cannivet said he has had to bite his tongue as he's read distorted versions of an altercation he witnessed between the lead guitarist for Rush and Collier sheriff's deputies on Dec. 31, 2003.

As an employee of The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, where the fracas occurred, he hadn't been allowed to comment, even though he saw first-hand what happened in the stairwell of the hotel.

But now that he no longer works for the hotel, he has this to say: Collier County sheriff's deputies went way too far.

"It was extreme police brutality," said Cannivet, who was the assistant manager of stewarding until leaving that job in January. "The whole time all this was going down, I'm thinking, 'God, what did these people do? It must have been something really bad.' It just bothered me."

He believes he is a neutral source, not tied to the Sheriff's Office or hotel security. When he worked at the Ritz, his office was near the stairwell. He heard a fight going on, so he went to take a look.

His description of what unfolded is very different from that given by deputies.

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Posted 10 April 2005 - 01:31 AM

QUOTE (MUSICinTheABsTrAcT @ Apr 9 2005, 10:29 PM)
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Witness: Police mistreated Rush guitarist in ruckus
By JOHN HENDERSON, jfhenderson@naplesnews.com
April 10, 2005

For the past year, John Cannivet said he has had to bite his tongue as he's read distorted versions of an altercation he witnessed between the lead guitarist for Rush and Collier sheriff's deputies on Dec. 31, 2003.

As an employee of The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, where the fracas occurred, he hadn't been allowed to comment, even though he saw first-hand what happened in the stairwell of the hotel.

But now that he no longer works for the hotel, he has this to say: Collier County sheriff's deputies went way too far.

"It was extreme police brutality," said Cannivet, who was the assistant manager of stewarding until leaving that job in January. "The whole time all this was going down, I'm thinking, 'God, what did these people do? It must have been something really bad.' It just bothered me."

He believes he is a neutral source, not tied to the Sheriff's Office or hotel security. When he worked at the Ritz, his office was near the stairwell. He heard a fight going on, so he went to take a look.

His description of what unfolded is very different from that given by deputies.

Hear hear for Rush fans!  1287.gif  trink39.gif


But seriously, this is good news. I hope that the whole fiasco is resolved and Lerxst can look back on this and laugh.  

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Posted 10 April 2005 - 07:40 AM

QUOTE (sfuentes @ Apr 10 2005, 01:31 AM)

Hear hear for Rush fans!  1287.gif  trink39.gif


But seriously, this is good news. I hope that the whole fiasco is resolved and Lerxst can look back on this and laugh.

yes.gif Lerxt RULES!  2.gif  1022.gif  AlexFinal.gif  

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Posted 10 April 2005 - 09:24 AM

  ohmy.gif  I love reading that!

mad.gif Those cops are so dispicable!!



I just want this whole thing settled and put behind us.

Don't these people know  2.gif  has a record and tour to be working on in the near future?



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Posted 10 April 2005 - 09:29 AM

Thank God a witness who isn't a cop!  

Thanks MiTA  

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Posted 10 April 2005 - 10:10 AM

That just made my day thankyou!!!!! Go Lerxt!!! biggrin.gif  

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Posted 10 April 2005 - 11:03 AM

Nice work, MitA...thanks for posting that!  trink39.gif  

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Posted 10 April 2005 - 02:22 PM

  . . . glad if it lightened your day a bit folks! smile.gif

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Posted 10 April 2005 - 02:37 PM

QUOTE (D-13 @ Apr 10 2005, 10:10 AM)
That just made my day thankyou!!!!! Go Lerxt!!! biggrin.gif

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Posted 10 April 2005 - 03:02 PM

Great find MiTa...We're rooting for you Al!!

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Posted 10 April 2005 - 03:39 PM

WHEW.  You go get em, Lerxst!!!  smile.gif

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Posted 10 April 2005 - 04:57 PM

This is by far the best news I've heard all day!!!

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Posted 10 April 2005 - 05:17 PM

Finally somebody who helps out. A witness who says their neutrual. Thank God.

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Posted 10 April 2005 - 05:21 PM

Think of what Alex has had to go through for the last year and some months....keeping quiet about this....

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Posted 10 April 2005 - 06:35 PM

Thanks MuSiC for the website....It sounds like Justin, even though unruly at first, was even mistreated by the employees account in tat stairwell...

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Posted 10 April 2005 - 07:59 PM

This is the only good news that I've had in a long time. With Terry Shiavo's death, the Pope's death, gas prices, TTC strike, I've really needed some good news.




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