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woke up this morning to 4-5 police officers slamming on the front door of my neighbors house. 4 police cars. hands on firearms.

my neighbors are super sweet couple from Maine. very nice folks. their sons looks like he probably makes or has made some bad decisions. we see him around on occasion.

would you go over and knock to see what the story is? they live literally about 20-30 feet from me. we'd sort of like to know what the issue was.
my guess....failure to show in court. maybe a warrant.
 

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Whatever you do, MYOB.

Doing so, would give you a 10, on the rudeness scale.
 

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Most states have a public records check, which includes court cases, if there is a warrant, there is a court case, search for his or their names, and see what shows up.
 

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I wouldn't knock on their door to ask, but maybe the next time I saw them just to make sure everything is alright. I would add that if they didn't feel like discussing it I would understand and not press the issue. Then change the subject to something that doesn't involve their deadbeat kid.
 

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Whatever you do, MYOB.

Doing so, would give you a 10, on the rudeness scale.
is it rude to want know if my family is in danger?
it becomes other people's business when multiple officers appear with reason to have their hands on their weapons.
 

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I guess what happened might be on the Police Blotter section of the local paper or on your PD's website? Dunno.
 

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Be happy they didn't mess up the address and bust down your door, then walk away shrugging their heads while the neighbors think "we always knew them folks was bad news".
 

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Take them a box of donuts, or cupcakes, or something and tell them you thought they could use something good after that experience.

Then just listen.
 

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Yes, it's rude.

If you want to know, check the local police department's web site or facebook page; they usually list arrests there. It's a matter of public record, so you could also follow the local newspaper.

"is it rude to want know if my family is in danger?
it becomes other people's business when multiple officers appear with reason to have their hands on their weapons."


His arrest does not jeopardize your family's safety. If it did, the police would notify you. This is overly dramatic.

As has been said, you can stop over to your neighbor's house, bring a casserole, tell them what you saw and try to comfort them. They likely need it.
 

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We have a nasty lady across the street. Mostly deaf and uses it as an excuse not to follow any laws/ordinances or whatever.

It was fun to watch the day she called the cops to deal with her boyfriend. During the po-po visit the police notice a scratch on his face. They ask him where it came from and he replies in a nice scream: from that [email protected] ...! Moments later they led her out of the house in hand cuffs.

The street got a nice 48 hour vacation from crazy lady.
 

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is it rude to want know if my family is in danger?
it becomes other people's business when multiple officers appear with reason to have their hands on their weapons.
There could be infinite number of reasons why the police were there that has nothing to do with your family safety. And many reasons could be very embarrassing for them to talk to neighbors about.

If you're sincerely worried about your safety, and not just being nosey, simply call your police station. Tell them you're the neighbor, your concerned about your family safety, and ask what info they can give you.
 

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the nabes don't owe anyone an explanation of their interaction with the PD.

the 'my family might be in danger' rationale is a weak excuse to intrude on their personal affairs.
 

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Take them a box of donuts
Careful! That might have been what attracted the cops in the first place. Or maybe an overdue library book.
 

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I guess what happened might be on the Police Blotter section of the local paper or on your PD's website? Dunno.
site appears to be down for maintenance unfortunately.
When we cross paths, I'll just touch base with them, ,make sure they're OK.
 

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the nabes don't owe anyone an explanation of their interaction with the PD.

the 'my family might be in danger' rationale is a weak excuse to intrude on their personal affairs.
I've seen other warrant officers doing their in the neighborhood since we moved here...there were never so many visible guns involved however. I have no interest, actually, in "intruding" on their affairs. I'd like to know everyone is relatively safe however. Like I said, they're nice folks...

the whole "turn the other cheek" approach is what leads to all sorts of problems does it not? life is not as private as we all would like to think when we live 20 feet from our neighbors.

If I had to guess...missed court appearance or warrant for something relatively minor.
 
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