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  •  Ummm (0+ / 0-)
    FWIW -  how is a neighbor supposed to know that someone messing with the locks on a foreclosed house is the owner?
    They can fucking ask?!  For that matter, how the Hell would I know if you belong in your house?  Should I call the cops when I see you enter your home simply because you could be robbing the place?

    Why would people changing locks on a house be stealing copper in it?  Had the neighbors not been racist assholes, a simple 'welcome to the neighborhood' introduction would have cleared up any ambiguity.  It's fair to introduce yourself to people you don't know.  It's not fair to intimidate them at gun point and/or call the police without any evidence they're doing something wrong.  In fact, calling the police because you see someone who 'fits the profile' of a squatter or a criminal is called profiling.  

    I didn't think I'd have to argue against that on a liberal blog.

    Have you googled Romney today?

    by fou on Mon Apr 23, 2012 at 07:46:25 AM PDT

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    •  Your screename is apt (0+ / 0-)

      First, in a neighborhood, you know tend to know who lives there and who doesn't, what cars are generally around, etc.  Second, I'm not going to walk up to people who I don't recognize as being neighbors and ask them what they're doing.  It's dangerous, especially for women.  Third, from a distance you have no way of knowing whether someone is changing locks, picking locks, or breaking locks.

      Calling the police IS the correct thing to do when you see someone you don't recognize from your neighborhood fiddling with the locks on a foreclosed house.  

      The real problem is that sometimes the police can't refrain from acting like assholes and handle things politely and intelligently.  The other real problem is that people approached them with guns, which is ridiculous.

      You're being pretty crazy about this.  Having lived in a neighborhood where vacant property has been vandalized and gutted, I'm not about to go walking up to anyone trying to get into a foreclosed house.  Jeebus, I suppose you'd say that women who cross the street to avoid men walking toward them after dark should just stay where they are and introduce themselves?

      Get a clue.

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