Three men were arrested early Friday morning on Broadway after an altercation ensued between a musician loading out equipment and an officer attempting to cite a vehicle for alleged improper parking.
Matthew Paige was sitting in with the house band at Layla's Bluegrass Inn Thursday evening and was arrested between 2 and 2:30 a.m. for vandalism and resisting arrest.
According to the warrant written by arresting officer Jeffery Cason, Paige was attempting to load musical equipment into a vehicle that was parked in a lane of traffic.
Cason claims that while he was writing a parking citation to the driver, Paige became argumentative and confrontational and struck the hood of the patrol car twice with the equipment, leaving black marks.
"I'm carrying my stuff out, and I accidentally bump the front of his police car with my amplifier," Paige said. "[The officer] said that I did it on purpose and that it was vandalism. And then when he asked for my I.D., I asked why."
Paige's friend Jeffrey Marcom filmed parts of the incident and was also arrested. Cason wrote that Marcom was confrontational about Paige's arrest and that Cason had to physically push him away. He was arrested for disorderly conduct and possession after a search allegedly revealed marijuana and a pipe.
Gaelen Mitchell tried to intervene on the arrests and was also arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
The video, which was uploaded to YouTube, shows officers handcuffing Paige surrounded by a small crowd when Mitchell approached, was pushed away by Cason and stumbled to the curb.
Marcom, whose voice can be heard over the video, was also pushed by another officer and is heard asking "Why did you push me?" Officers then approach him and can be heard commanding him to "let go of the camera or it will get broke [sic]."
Another officer can be heard explaining the incident. "We told them to step back, they wouldn't step back, so that's what happened."
Conflicting reports have emerged on the location of the cited vehicle. Cason and the officer heard on the video state it was parked in a lane of traffic, while some of the musicians claim it was parked in or near a Musician Loading Zone, which have been marked since 2011.
Dave Pomeroy, president of Nashville's Musicians Union said on Facebook, "I spoke with downtown Police Commander Jason Reinbold about this a couple of hours ago. He is extremely concerned about this and has immediately launched a full investigation."
The incident is expected to be reviewed by the Metro Nashville Police Department's Office of Professional Accountability.