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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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