About 3 years ago, My husband and I had police cars come to our residence and tell us they must search our home. We had just purchased a new land line
phone and I was trying to figure it out and program it and such. It was one of those ones that seemed harder to figure out than the dash board on the
space shuttle, I swear. So many confusing instructions that didn't seem to work when being implemented. I sat there for I don't know how long pushing
buttons and such but I was being careful relevant to which buttons...I am sure of that. I finally got frustrated and threw the darn thing down and
gave up. Not long after, the police came and demanded entry into our home. They said they had received a 9 one one call from our address and a hang up
and it was the law that we allow a search.
I was thinking about questioning the entire scenario but thought against it as hubby has had 2 bypass surgeries and his ribs are ruined because of it
and I was worried that if I made too much of a fuss that he might get tased and I have irregular heart beat issues so I didn't want that either. The
other problem that made me comply is that a 20 year old girl from the neighborhood had gone missing the day before and I felt like we would look
suspicious to not comply. Well, I was respectful and courteous and let them do their thing. They looked into every room, closet, bathroom, under the
bed and such and when satisfied, they finally left. However, this incident has stuck in my mind for a long time.
The poor girl was found dead from too many prescription drugs that had her confused and disorientated and drowned in a nearby swamp...case closed.
To get to the part that really troubles me now the most, I have been reading at various websites that this is a "new" tactic police use lately, to
gain entry into peoples homes by stating they got a 9 one one hang up call and folks distinctly remember and know that no such event occurred. In my
case, I feel very sure I dialed no such set of numbers either. I guess if police can now enter homes because of such...he said it is the law, I can
see where it would be helpful to them...no warrants and all of that. When innocent folks that have done nothing have to allow police in their homes
they tend to no longer feel safe about their person or on their property. Isn't there some kind of rule against that in the Bill of Rights or
Constitution or somewhere? In our case, there was an unusual set of circumstances going on but what about for other folks that have no such
situation...the police say something about their phone and a hang up even if the citizen knows they did not use the phone but can't have a say and
have to comply or else perhaps get tased or worse. Just something else for all of us to think about and be concerned about...more rights going down
the drain. Will it be swat teams for those scenarios next. Intimidating and scary...especially for older people with limited mobility and such. What
if they don't answer the door quick enough. Just more and more idiocy going on all the time.
I felt sorry for the girl and what her family went through.
I had a neighbor that was always giving us a hard time and wonder if he added to the situation somehow. Also, we are one of those families that have a
sign in the front window that says, "Forget the dog, beware of owner" and it has a picture of a hand holding a gun. I'm still not going to take the
pic down anyhow. Someone doesn't like it, whatever. Did some Sheriff ride by once and see it and wonder if we were preppers or had a cache of weapons
and don't tread on me signs in the house and maybe drugs or anti govt. pamphlets. Well, we didn't/ We have hunting shotgun and some hand guns not in
view but hardly an arsenal and we have no plans to do ill...so, the whole thing just makes me wonder at times and hearing that it is also a "new"
trick they use now on unsuspecting, innocent citizenry. It just makes ya wonder. Pretty sneaky trick/scam at any rate.
Any one else every subjected to a search because of a so called call like that...that they "claim" happened and you know the phone was not even used
or used but not in that way? Heads up for you guys anyway.
I guess I understand it if it is a law if there really is a call to police and then a hang up. Those should be looked into, as someone could be hurt,
or needing help. In that case, YES. But if that law is being used falsely, then it is being abused. How can we, as citizens, deal with such a
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