Aspen History: Cops in Court
“Hippie harassment suit in court again,” stated The Aspen Times on May 8, 1969. “Aspen’s well-publicized 1968 hippie harassment suit against the City of Aspen and its police broke into the news again last week when U.S. District Judge Alfred Arraj denied a motion by the city to have the complaint dismissed. In March Judge Arraj decided to re-activate the case to clear his docket and asked both attorneys to take action or have the case dropped. Shortly after, in early April, another police incident involving a bearded visitor and two Aspen police officers in civilian dress resulted in another complaint to Judge Arraj. According to an affidavit filed with the court, a Cornell University graduate, who had long hair and a beard, was stopped for questioning.” The man was eventually taken into custody, detained for 45 minutes, and released with no explanation. This image shows a crowd of people watching a group of men play music in Aspen in the 1970s.