Musician videos police cruiser parked in designated loading zone - WKRN News 2

Musician documents police cruiser parked in designated loading zone

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For many musicians who perform along the world famous lower Broadway, getting from car to stage could be a bit of a challenge at times; especially when designated musician loading zones are being occupied by folks other than musicians, even those who wear badges.

News 2 obtained a video of a local musician who documented a Metro police cruiser parked at a designated musician loading zone after not being able to park and unload her gear.

She kept the camera rolling and eventually discovered five officers eating dinner at a near-by restaurant.

It is unclear if the parked cruiser belonged to any of those officers in the video.

"We've worked with the city to create those musician loading zones signs, which came about in 2011," said Dave Pomeroy, President of the Nashville Musicians Association, AFM Local 257.

Pomeroy said he is familiar with the video and adds the musician has good intentions.

"Even though something like this comes up initially as a negative, my hope is that every time we have one of these situations that raises the profile of some of the issues that these musicians have," said Pomeroy.

News 2 asked Metro police spokesman Don Aaron if the rules of parking at loading zones differ for police officers. He said not exactly.

"Musician loading zones are not to be used by police officers or anyone else other than musicians unless there is an emergency. We're going to look at the video as posted on the Internet, see whose car that is and address it," said Aaron.

In the past, Metro police officers who have parked in musician loading zones have been formerly reprimanded by the Central Precinct Commander.

Metro police is currently working with Nashville Musicians Association, AFM Local 257 to find more parking for musicians on Lower Broadway.

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