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Re: Dealing With Noisy Neighbors
In a message dated 97-11-29 01:19:04 EST, you write:
<< First, it's quite dangerous to empower a cop to intervene in a
confrontation just on the basis of his/her own subjective
perception of the situation. >>
The cop's intervention in a situation where someone is
being oppressed on his own property by a neighbor's
noise should be motivated by the victim's report.
The victim, however, should not have to sign a complaint
or appear in court. The cop should be able to tell the
judge that his action was motivated by a report from a
victim. This gives the court an additional word to rely
on, and preserves the victim's anonymity and minimizes
risk of retaliation by the noise-maker.
I think a procedure such as this should be tried instead
of placing reliance on decibel meters, and Rutgers should
be holding seminars to teach judges about the real health
hazards of noise abuse.
-- Michael Wright
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