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Canadian Cop Responds To Noise Complaint, Plays Drums (Video)

| by Michael Allen

A Canadian police officer answered a noise complaint in Ontario on May 27 by playing drums with a local teen band (video below).

The noise complaint was called into the Peel County police at about 6:30 p.m. on Vinyl Ambush, a band that was playing for a private event in a homeowner's backyard.

Constable Joel Clark told CityNews: "They’re like, 'You’re here to shut us down,' and I’m like, 'Don’t worry about it, we just gotta turn it down a little bit more.'"

The homeowners turned down the volume to satisfy the annoyed neighbor, and Vinyl Ambush agreed to stop the show by 9:30 p.m.

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Clark followed up on the call later that night, and ended up joining the band on drums.

Pedro Alvarado, the band’s guitarist, recalled: "I dropped my guitar, put it down and moved away. I thought he was going to give us a ticket or something for being loud, but then he said: 'Rock on.'"

Jack Laing, the drummer, said: "We just played some of our own songs, and he said, 'Okay I’m going to sit down and play.' I gave him the drum sticks, and said, 'Here you go.'"

The band played an original song, "Curiosity," with Clark.

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Belle Matthews, the lead singer, was impressed: "He played perfectly all the way through. It was amazing, I was astounded."

"I’ll probably remember this for the rest of my life," said bassist Corwin Bjelic.

After jamming with the teens, Clark shared his experiences as a young musician before he joined the police.

"It’s tough work, don’t expect to make money," Clark told the youngsters. "Play for free, get exposure, and then you can make demands."

Clark added that giving up music was "the biggest regret that I have in my life."

Clark's band broke up in 2015.

"I never had somebody other than my dad tell me to keep going," Clark said. "It’s important to have people who are in authority positions giving you encouragement."

Anthony Caetano, another guitarist in the band, said: "It was good advice he gave us, always stick to what you want to do."

The video of Clark playing with the band stands as a stark contrast to an incident involving police in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, who answered a noise complaint with cursing, stun guns and a nightstick in November 2015, noted the Alabama Media Group.

The scene escalated when an officer shouted at some students who asked if they were being arrested or detained and whether the police could search their apartment without a warrant.

About 12 officers were involved in the clash. A female witness described the scene: "They had a girl and two boys on the ground. They were all screaming and everybody was videoing it."

Three students were taken into police custody, with one student being hit with a stun gun and beaten with a nightstick.

Sources: CityNews, Alabama Media Group / Photo credit: Alirod Ameri/Flickr

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