A man was arrested for a noise ordinance violation after he protested the Church of Scientology over a loudspeaker and refused to stop.
Matthew Salvatore Tringali, 59, of Waco, Texas was arrested and booked into the Pinellas County Jail on Tuesday, according to an affidavit.
Clearwater police responded to reports of a protest in front of the Church of Scientology on Harrison Ave and encountered a man with “an amplified noise device,” that was being used to disturb the peace, police said.
Police asked Tringali to stop using the device multiple times, but he refused and told them “I don’t talk to cops,” according to the affidavit. He also refused to provide any identification.
Tringali was arrested for violating the city’s noise ordinance and resisting an officer without violence. He’s since been released from the Pinellas County Jail.