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Debate, Loud and Clear


Sara Dabney Tisdale's report on the enforcement of a revised city noise ordinance (“Police Bust Noisemakers Under New Law,” Street Talk, April 14), a law that some have criticized as too vague, drummed up plenty of online debate, notably about the police citations against the band Little Master, which performed at a recent house party. Here are a few excerpts:

Was the band playing in the living room or basement of the house? Any soundproofing? Is the house wood-sided or brick? Is it attached? How old? … Most importantly, were the police there as the result of a noise complaint from a neighbor? … Style wants to make it seem like there is a “war on music” going on when it is really about some basic consideration and responsibility of living in a community.
— Anon, April 14, 11:31 a.m.

I live in the area and I can tell you first hand that the late-night noise is out of hand. … What the band thinks is that they are more important than anyone else. They are creating such great music that the neighbors should be thrilled to hear them live when they could otherwise be sleeping, so they can be at work by 7 a.m. I know it is hard to imagine what it is like to have a full-time job, but sleeping at night does not make one a music hater.
— Jack23220, April 15, 9:47 a.m.

This article left out the fact that the police entered a private residence without a warrant, nor exigent circumstances. They just opened the door, walked right in and searched the whole house. This is completely illegal thanks to the Fourth Amendment, and also the fact that a noise violation does not constitute probable cause. … At this point the issue is not a war on music, but rather an isolated attack on basic rights.
— iwasthere, April 19, 10:22 a.m.

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