Sarasota citizen files suit against noise ordinance listen03/20/09 Mitch E. Perry
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Two Florida residents, represented by the ACLU, have filed a lawsuit challenging Sarasota’s noise ordinance. The law allows for police to seize and impound vehicles when drivers are charged with playing their music too loud. The lawsuit was filed in state court against the city of Sarasota and Police Chief Peter Abbott.
The lawsuit was brought on behalf of Mark Cannon, a resident of Sarasota, and Latrese Allen, a resident of Bradenton. Cannon was stopped for “loud music” and his vehicle was seized and impounded.
Allen was stopped while traveling on Martin Luther King Jr., the ACLU says, while singing along with a song written in memory of a deceased friend. The city later dropped the charges.
Several members of the public questioned the constitutionality of the law when it was approved by Sarasota City Commissioners last May.