Arrest of Krista M. Clouse for Busking in Alexandria
This is an update to this post. Krista Clouse, the beautiful opera singer you have likely heard around Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, was arrested Friday night in Old Town. See above for video of the arrest. She was even singing while being arrested.
Busking (singing) is LEGAL on the streets of Alexandria without a permit. However, if you use a noise amplification device, you need a permit. Ms. Clouse has said that the tips she earns while singing on the street help support her family.
Ms. Clouse, who was recently not permitted to sing on Torpedo Factory property, was busking on Friday night when she was approached by Alexandria Police officers (see video above) in the 200 block of King Street who informed her that sans permit, she was in violation of noise ordinance 11-5-4b. When she refused to stop singing, she was arrested and later released on her own recognizance.
While Ms. Clouse has been singing on the streets of Old Town for some time, it is unclear why Ms. Clouse was suddenly approached last night by APD.
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