You may have seen the video of the Massachusetts man who refused to open his door for police. The cops were called on a report of domestic violence, which they are required to respond to. They are not, however, required to physically enter the home for such a call. They insisted that they be allowed in this man’s house, despite his and his wife’s assertion that there was no violence or argument taking place. Just some overbearing neighbors. If you watch to the end of the video, you’ll see an officer “politely” telling them of why the police expect to have doors opened for them.
Their story doesn’t end there. That “polite” cop – the one that everyone uses as a justification for cops being ‘the good guys’ – filed for an arrest warrant on both the man and the woman. The charges? “Maintaining a noisy and disorderly house.” Now, was this a legitimate complaint that needed attention, or police retaliation from some disgruntled officers who felt their authority was threatened? The penalty for first-time offenders of that law is $150. Did these citizens warrant an arrest over $150? It’s such an absurd assertion I can hardly wrap my mind around it. Imagine being pulled over for an illegal lane change and then immediately taken to jail.
This type of obscure, catch-all law is being used with more and more frequency as an excuse for police to circumvent common human decency and civil liberty. To avoid landing yourself in this situation, do not give the police any indication that you’re present at all. Just stay quiet, stay away from the door, and try to wait ’em out. They’ll give up eventually.