Musicians arrested after Wednesday dispute on Main Street
July 19, 2012
The police arrested two people Wednesday afternoon on Main Street after a dispute involving musicians and the Park City Building Department.
According to an online police statement, a Building Department official who enforces City Hall codes asked for police assistance at just before 4 p.m. The police said some people, believed to be in their late 20s, were playing music on the 500 block of Main Street and receiving money for doing so. They did not have a license and were making it difficult for pedestrians to pass on the sidewalk, the police said.
The Building Department official asked them to stop playing music until they obtained a permit and asked them to stop restricting the flow of pedestrians. The musicians threatened the official and did not follow the orders, according to the police.
A police officer arrived and made the same requests. The group — about eight people — surrounded the officer and threatened him, the police said. More officers were summoned.
The police arrested two of the people — a person described as the primary aggressor and another person who the police said attempted to intervene in the first arrest. Both were booked into the Summit County Jail on charges of disorderly conduct, inciting a riot and interfering with an officer.
The first police officer on the scene suffered abrasions to an arm and bruises on a hand.
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The police warned the others in the group they must obtain a permit to play music. They told the police there were from Oregon and planned to travel to Colorado after a short stay in Park City.