Party goers in the five boroughs of New York will not have to be concerned about having their loud parties broken up by the NYPD from now on. The department put out a new directive last week instructing officers to not enter a residence when responding to a noise complaint unless the home owner grants permission.
The reason behind this ridiculous move? The department is getting crushed by a rash of civil lawsuits — most of them leave New York City on the losing end of the fight. The lawsuits are typically filed by a homeowner claiming illegal entry by the police, and the confiscation and /or damage to expensive sound systems.
Part of the directive reads that entry into a private residence is forbidden “solely for the purpose of abating noise conditions by enforcement action and/or seizure of the device.”
Law enforcement veterans spoke to the New York Post anonymously and commented that this “might be the dumbest thing we have ever heard in 20 years of policing.” They added, “more people will be shot and assaulted, neighbors will lose sleep, and garbage will be strewn all about. This is our new progressive city.”
H/T: NY Post
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