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  •  My choice would be to walk over to say "hi", (0+ / 0-)

    not to call the police and certainly not to show up with guns. In fact, that's what I did in my own neighborhood this week. That said, I understand why someone could be concerned about squatters in their neighborhood. The foreclosed property had probably been vacant for months. In my area, no "sold" or "in escrow" is posted on bank-owned properties, so neighbors don't know when bank-owned properties have been sold, particularly on the day of sale.

    There have been numbers of news items about the problems caused by squatters in foreclosed and vacant homes. I am personally aware of neighborhood blights by squatters in years past.

    If it turns out that the neighbors are racists who were attempting to intimidate their new, black neighbors, that's reprehensible. So far, nothing in the news report shows that is the case.

    Calm down, fou. I'm on the side of the Kalonjis.

    The sh*t those people [republicans] say just makes me weep for humanity! - Woody Harrelson

    by SoCalSal on Sun Apr 22, 2012 at 06:59:00 PM PDT

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    •  The issue isn't whether or not squatters (3+ / 0-)
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      are a problem.  The issue is whether or not these people were squatters.  Clearly, they were not.  There is and can be no evidence that they were, because they were not.  And yet, you think that these neighbors should have called the cops even though the couple was committing no crime, ... because ... of what?  Because squatters are a so-called problem?!  Are you going to call the cops the next time you see someone getting in a car and driving it because car theft is a fucking problem?

      It's good you're on the side of the couple, but that should go without saying, no?  Any person who isn't a mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging racist would be, so ...  Not sure where you're going with that one.

      You don't call the cops unless you have clear and convincing evidence that a crime is being committed.  It's really appalling that I even have to say that.

      Have you googled Romney today?

      by fou on Sun Apr 22, 2012 at 07:11:50 PM PDT

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      •  fou, here's what I've learned from (2+ / 0-)
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        this exchange with you: that I should be more careful with what I write in the subject line of my comments. You seem to be reacting only to the subject line and not the content.

        To reiterate: My outrage about the story is 1) that the neighbors showed up with guns, menacing vigilante-style; and 2) that the police arrested the Kalonjis.

        I'm done with this conversation.

        The sh*t those people [republicans] say just makes me weep for humanity! - Woody Harrelson

        by SoCalSal on Sun Apr 22, 2012 at 07:45:53 PM PDT

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