A new mandate from the NYPD states that police are now forbidden from entering loud parties without consent.
According to the NY Post, the new directive is the result of a successful lawsuit stating that police barge into homes without a warrant, resulting in damaged property and numerous lawsuits against the city.
This means that police responding to noise complaints may not enter the premises, allowing people who are partying too loudly to simply tell the police to go away.
A law enforcement source commenting on the directive believes this is all the result of an influx of these types of lawsuits: “I guess they’re sick and tired of getting sued so often … People were going to jail, sound systems were being broken or confiscated, and then the judges throw the cases out. I think they’ve had enough lawsuits.”
Another source close to the NYPD revealed that authorities confiscated so much sound equipment in 2016 that a warehouse “looked like PC Richards”.
A separate NYPD source does not approve of the new directive and is worried it will lead to violence: “This is very bad for all… More people will be shot and assaulted, neighbors will lose sleep, and garbage will be strewn all about. This is our new progressive city.”
“Parties will go into early morning, which will involve more drinking and neighbors getting into fights, resulting in more shootings. It will be a long, hot summer.”
Currently, the NYPD Patrol Guide states that police are allowed to forcibly enter homes, clubs and venues if the partiers have ignored warnings to lower the volume. The guide declares that “the decision to forcibly enter into private or semi-private premises to correct noise complaints will ONLY be made by a precinct commander/duty captain and ONLY as a last resort, after requests to stop the noise have been ignored”.
With this in mind, it's unclear how the new directive will be carried out.
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