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Trombone player arrested outside of Braves game

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

For the second time in just a matter of weeks, a musician was arrested for playing on the city's streets.

The most recent arrest was just outside Turner Field, where police took a man's trombone and cuffed him.

The man's name is Eryk McDaniel, and people said he can really play a mean trombone.

Last Friday he was just playing on the sidewalk, entertaining the crowds as they were heading into a Braves game, when officers came up and told him to leave.

He told them he had every right to play there, but the cops had other plans.

McDaniel has been playing trombone since he was a teenager.

McDaniel has been all over the country playing music to entertain people and he's never run into problems until now.

"I was in jail. I've never been in jail. What you do? I played trombone," said McDaniel.

McDaniel says his attorney told him he's allowed to play on the city's streets because there's an exception in the law for musicians, but he's not allowed to ask for money.

McDaniel says he never said a word, but police said because he had his case out, that was enough for the arrest.

"When I told them it was a stretch and that was not the case, he just cuffed me and took me down," said McDaniel.

Residents who have heard him play say it's just not right.

McDaniel said that the arrest scarred his image and prevented him from reaching his goals here in Atlanta.

The same was true for a violinist who was arrested a few week ago outside a MARTA station.

McDaniel says after his recent arrest, his plan has changed.

"Now people say, 'I saw you get arrested, saw you in jail,' and I don't need that negative image that I started to pick up from Atlanta, so I might as well go somewhere else where they support," he said.

CBS Atlanta tried to contact the Atlanta Police Department to ask why they arrested him if he wasn't asking for money, but a representative said they weren't doing interviews because they couldn't find the report on the case.

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