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I moved here some months ago and they have aggressive ...

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I moved here some months ago and they have aggressive community policing here. They come to my door and question me about personal matters,ect,ect. They also yell about having me checked by the local sheriff? What should i do?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Ellen replied 8 years ago.
Hello,

Please tell me what state you are in and who is doing the "aggressive community policing".
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
The state is missouri. Residents that live close by, local politicians, contractors that work here.
Expert:  Ellen replied 8 years ago.

Hello,

Thank you for your question. I am happy to assist you.

You have no obligation to answer the questions of prying neighbors. You also have no obligation to answer the door when they come to your door. If you have a particular problem with one of the inquirers, you may be able to obtain a restraining order.

I hope that the information which I provided was helpful to you.

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Thank you for your reply. Further questions would be:

I think the neighbors reported me to the sheriff as a suspicous person. What should i do if the police comes to interigate me?
Expert:  Ellen replied 8 years ago.
Hello,

If the police come to your home, you can ask them to come back with a warrant and call a lawyer.

If there is no reason for the suspicions, you can choose to simply answer the questions. If the questions become uncomfortable, you can stop the questioning at any time and request a lawyer.

I am curious why they consider you "suspicious".

I hope that this helps.

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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
I live with community policers and they want all young men to be policed because thats what they told me. Also i am from out of town!

Can you please elaborate on what i should do if the police comes or if these locals come to try to interogate me so i don't incriminate myself??
Expert:  Ellen replied 8 years ago.
Hello,

To the police: Do you have a warrant? If yes, say nothing other than I want an attorney.
If no, say only Please return when you have a warrant.

To the locals: No comment and close the door.

I hope that this helps.
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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
What should i do if they continue to yell that i will go to jail, am a thief and that they will police me as they have done??
Expert:  Ellen replied 8 years ago.
Call the police and report them for harassment.


I hope that this helps.
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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
What is harassment and what else could i do besides call the police so they stop yelling?
Expert:  Ellen replied 8 years ago.
I am going to opt out. Perhaps someone else can better assist you.
Expert:  Law Educator, Esq. replied 8 years ago.
I must agree with the previous advice. I will say, you do not have to answer the door when the police knock unless they have a specific reason for coming there, like they have been called there for a complaint and not just to check up on you. As far as the neighbors, you can go to the court and speak with the clerk about getting a restraining order against them if they are harassing you.

You have a 4th Amendment Constitutional right to be safe and secure in your own home. The police cannot just stop by for no reason. If they continue to do so, then you need to hire an attorney to file a lawsuit against them for violating your rights. This is also the type of suit that the ACLU loves to handle free of charge and you should consider calling them.


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