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Decatur Police respond to noise complaint at McKoy Park

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Decatur Police respond to noise complaint at McKoy Park

Photo by Dean Hesse.

This story has been updated.

Decatur, GA — On Wednesday, June 9, at about 7:40 p.m. Decatur Police responded to a noise complaint at McKoy Park after a resident at the park who was playing music had been advised by a member of the Decatur Active Living staff to turn down his music.

He wrote on Facebook that he was playing music that wasn’t vulgar and was within the city’s noise ordinance. According to the Facebook post, a nearby neighbor of the park emailed the Decatur Active Living staff about the noise and the man said in the post the he received a noise complaint from city of Decatur officials. The post generated numerous comments, including allegations the call was racially motivated.

The Decatur Active Living Board is appointed by the City Commission to serve as advocates and advisors to the Active Living Division on projects and programs that help citizens safely incorporate physical activity into their daily routines, according to the city’s website.

A comment on the Facebook post claimed that the person who emailed the Decatur Active Living staff called the police.

Officers met the man at the park and left without further incident or action as he was already packing up his belongings and leaving the area, Sgt. John Bender said.

In the Facebook post, the man lamented that the person who made the call didn’t talk to him first.

“I wish the person that had an issue would come forward…so that we could have a conversation,” he wrote. “I’m well within the boundaries of the city noise ordinance.”

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