Ultra Music Festival Pays $400,000 to Man Beaten by Off-Duty Miami Cops in 2011

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It has been an interesting few months for Ultra. In late March, the mega music festival once again drew nearly 200,000 people to Bayfront Park, making untold millions of dollars, and firmly establishing itself as America's premier EDM event.

But a concertgoer's death and a stampede that nearly killed a security guard have also led politicians to demand Ultra be kicked out of downtown Miami.

Now comes news that Ultra's insurance company paid $400,000 in January to a man who was beaten up by the festival's off-duty cops three years ago.

See also: In Defense of Ultra Music Festival

The settlement -- first reported by Al Crespo -- stems from an incident in 2011. That's when Jesse Campodonico and his girlfriend, Crystal Iglesias, flew down from New York to attend Ultra.

They never made it in. Instead, an Ultra security guard stopped the pair because Iglesias had a glowstick in her hand. When Campodonico complained, off-duty Miami cops allegedly attacked him.

In a lawsuit filed last year, Campodonico claimed the cops beat him, choked him, and threw him to the ground, where they then shot him with a Taser three times.

Campodonico was initially charged with battery, but those charges were eventually dropped.

"There was nothing I could do but try to survive," Campodonico, told the Miami Herald. "I was trying to cover myself. There was no fighting back. It was just me trying to protect myself from them killing me."

The cops accused of attacking him, meanwhile, have all been involved in other controversies. Two of them are now in prison: Nathaniel Dauphin and Harold James were convicted of providing police protection for an illegal gambling ring.


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Kathrina Elizabeth
Kathrina Elizabeth

It sounds more like she just has a stank attitude. And clearly only goes to clubs that play hip hop or Miley Cyrus but everyone is entitled to there opinions , even ignorant ones.

Dave Basora
Dave Basora

Alexandra, you're basically full of crap. Unless you have solid statistics to back up your assertions you're making sh-t up to support your dislike of the event.

Alexandra Humbeck
Alexandra Humbeck

Oh I don't know, music that doesn't sound like I'm in the twilight zone, and something you can actually dance to. Not just pump your first. Don't get me wrong, there are some cool house songs that aren't too bad. But my comment was more for the crowd it attracts rather than the music. I don't care what people listen to.. I do care when the majority of people in attendance are on drugs, crowding downtown, and stomping over security guards. I know not every person that goes does drugs, but it's safe to say 80% of them are. Take a second and check how many drug related incidents the hospitals in Miami encounter during WMC

Dana Murad
Dana Murad

Yes @dave basora I completely agree with you on that.. people basing their opinions on how media is portraying as opposed to having experienced , sorry for the miscommunication, only the first post was a response to you the second was to Ashley :)

Kyle Brea-Stevens
Kyle Brea-Stevens

We could have paid 10 teachers with this money! Thank you Miami PD for costing us our money and credibility.

Familia Ramirez
Familia Ramirez

What about the poor female security officer? She was stamped by the crowd. She should definitely be compensated.

Ashley King
Ashley King

Ok dana now i agree with u on that. :)

Dave Basora
Dave Basora

Alexandra, spoken like someone who doesn't have a clue. May I inquire as to what sort of music you like?

Alexandra Humbeck
Alexandra Humbeck

Ultra and all the zombies in attendance should go rave in space, where they belong, and stop coming to Miami for week long drug fueled escapades with that noise (not music) they play.

Dave Basora
Dave Basora

Dana, I wasn't trying to offend. yours is a valid point of view. Not because you've attended but because you're looking at it from a style vs. substance viewpoint I appreciate that. It just gets me that too many others look at what's on the news and decide that's what it's all about. And I'm speaking as someone who only went once a long time ago.

Dana Murad
Dana Murad

I think it's tasteless in the fact that some EDM djs such as guetta play pre recorded sets , and that people who are heavy into the electronic scene who know and understand the hard work that actually goes into djjng find quality of music and educating the crowd more important than the money and of course everyone is entitled to listen to whatever and to each their own

Dana Murad
Dana Murad

Yesss I've been three years in a row @dave basora , think the quality of music has gone way down

Ashley King
Ashley King

May be tasteless to you dana however others enjoy may enjoy it i find it so rude other people negatively comment things that arent "their cup of tea."

Jason Winburn
Jason Winburn

It all comes down to money and now the city has no problems with future Ultra's. #artofwar

John Leblanc
John Leblanc

I think ultra needs to go to a bigger area. Bayside is too small. We were crammed in there like sardines. Or don't sell as many tickets

Dave Basora
Dave Basora

I have a question, have all the haters actually gone to ultra or are you all basing your hate on what you read/see on the news?

Dave Basora
Dave Basora

Dana Murad, the jury's still out on a cancellation. I wouldn't do a happy dance just yet.

AJ Bernal
AJ Bernal

You know what makes me happier than the fact that ultra has finally peaked??... When crooked sh*tty cops of Miami finally meet their consequences.

Dana Murad
Dana Murad

so happy they are canceling this stupid tasteless festival

Marianoell Gomez Arguello
Marianoell Gomez Arguello

Lets add up how many people and cops get hurt or killed during Urban Weekend from shootings and fights...why haven't they shut down that crap?!

Je Suis Jammal
Je Suis Jammal

99% of the Miami police department is corrupt ...Half the people they employ participate in " other" activities

dbastidas03
dbastidas03

hates the "Scene" yet feels like she not only has to READ THE ARTICLE, BUT COMMENT ON IT AS WELL.. you my friend must live a very sheltered and boring life. So go on to the next website where you disagree with whatever they are saying and make a bunch of comments on there as well. Seems like thats what wet's your whistle. GooD Day

eazynas
eazynas

lol you must really enjoy your life 

eazynas
eazynas

and make it 18 and over 

dbastidas03
dbastidas03

have you ever been? right didnt think so. keep on commenting on things you know nothing of..simpleton


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