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Michigan police decide not to break up massive party because they were 'outnumbered'

The “Project P” party was modeled after the 2012 movie “Project X."
By Evan Bleier   |   Aug. 4, 2014 at 6:08 PM

MECOSTA COUNTY, Mich., Aug. 4 (UPI) -- When Michigan police arrived at a massive Mecosta County party on Saturday night, they were so "outnumbered" that they had no choice but to let the festivities rage on.

Thousands of people attended the "Project P" party, a gathering that was modeled after the 2012 movie Project X, and police did not have the manpower to deal with them all.

Instead of handing out hundreds of citations, police from seven agencies opted to simply contain the "rave."

Authorites were also wary that the partygoers, many of whom were allegedly engaging in hard drug use and underage drinking, would not be receptive to their presence.

"We were so outnumbered," Mecosta County Sheriff Todd Purcell told MLive. "We had information they were not in a cop-friendly attitude."




The party continued into the early hours on Sunday morning. There were at least six drug overdoses and a sexual assault of a 19-year-old Mount woman was reported.

"I didn't force anything down anyone's throat," 20-year-old party organizer, Taylor, told FOX 17. "I didn't make anyone stay here until 7 a.m. or 11 a.m. or whenever it is that everyone finally left. I didn't make this kid pass out on my floor. People wanted to be here. That was their decision."

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