Noise Violation Charge Against Virginia Opera Singer Dropped After Review

Alexandria officials say the city will review the application of noise ordinances to street performers

A noise violation charge against an internationally awarded opera singer has been dropped after the Commonwealth's Attorney reviewed the arrest made in Alexandria, Virginia, last Friday night.

Officers arrested Krista Clouse after she failed to comply to orders to stop using her speaker system without a permit.

After reviewing the case, the Commonwealth's Attorney determined that Krista Clouse's arrest was mishandled, according to a release from the City of Alexandria. Police failed to first address the noise violation with a civil notice of violation.

A criminal arrest would have only been appropriate if Clouse had failed to comply to a written order to "cease or abate," the release said.

"I would like to publicly apologize to Ms. Clouse for the way this situation was handled," said City Manager Mark B. Jinks. "While we are obligated to enforce certain restrictions, we did not follow the correct procedure in this case."

Clouse was released from jail last Saturday.

The City of Alexandria is reviewing the general application of noise ordinances to street performers, so that performers, police and the community have a clear understanding of the rules.


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Officers and other enforcement staff will seek voluntary compliance if noise violations are reported or observed. By mid-September, the City will issue clear guidelines to staff and the community regarding enforcement.

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