Nashville Metro police arrested 4 people and cited 42 others for violating mask mandates over the weekend on Broadway.
The police wrote 20 citations on Friday, 18 on Saturday, and four on Sunday. One arrest was made Friday, and three were made Saturday.
One of those arrested this past weekend is one of these visitors is a 45-year-old man from Florida named Patrick Walls. Walls was arrested Saturday for not wearing a mask. Reports state that Walls was warned to put on a mask after being ejected from a bar.
Walls proceeded to “annoy the nearby police by yelling” and acting aggressively, according to the arrest affidavit.
Police arrested Walls for public intoxication and “repeatedly not wearing a mask in public despite warnings.”
Other arrests were made after citizens initially complied with police orders to put on masks but removed them later.
The arrests come just days after a 61-year-old man was arrested for violating the mask mandates.
Police greatly increased their presence on Broadway this past weekend, bolstering numbers of walking patrols and employing a six-person ATV unit.
The increased police force comes under orders of John Drake, the Metro Police’s Interim Police Chief. Drake took the reigns Thursday after former Police Chief Steve Anderson retired amid calls for his resignation from both city council members and the Tennessee chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
Drake has made it clear that one of his primary goals as the interim chief is to enforce Nashville’s mask mandates and help Mayor John Cooper “mitigate this pandemic.”
Mayor Cooper had strong words concerning the mask mandates last week, saying that visitors to the city must abide by the mask mandates. “Otherwise, Nashville is not the place for you,” said Cooper in a statement. He said that visitors must “follow [Nashville’s] rules to keep everyone safe.”
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