Sunday, May 06, 2007

Snitching


I admit it. I snitched. I live in a 6 family house and the family directly upstairs from me got a visit from the PD at 3:30 in the morning a couple of weeks ago. The 19 year old son called me a 'snitch' a couple of days later.

The family upstairs consists of a single mom, her 10 year old daughter, 19 year old son and his wife. I was jolted awake at 3am one morning by yelling. At first I thought it was out on the street, but soon realized it was coming from directly above my bedroom.

The yelling continued and it was so loud that I couldn't go back to sleep so I went into my livingroom and sat on the couch. This went on for another half hour, and then I heard footsteps running above me and a loud thump, all the while the incessant shouting continued. By now I was afraid that someone was being hurt - the thump was loud. I would never be able to live with myself if the young wife or anyone else was hurt and I did nothing about it. I could hear every word that the man was shouting and he wasn't stopping.

I did what I felt I had to do and I called the police. I am pretty tolerant and wouldn't have done anything if it was just the yelling - it was the running and thumping that concerned me. The police came and knocked on their door loudly for over 10 minutes. Of course all noise stopped when they arrived. When no one responded to the knocks on their front and back doors, the PD started to batter their door in. THAT got their attention. The mother came to the door and told the cops that they couldn't come in without a search warrant and the cops responded that they could. She resisted - they bashed the door in to check on the welfare of the family.

Thank goodness no one was hurt and I am NOT sorry that I called the PD. I really resent that this neighbor considers that snitching. If anyone ever hears any loud shouting or banging in my apartment, I would appreciate someone checking it out.

I live in a small town and this whole 'don't snitch' crap is lost on me. I get that there is a whole population of people who have a basic mistrust of any authority but let's face it: the whole 'don't snitch' campaign was started for, and applies to thugs.

I refuse to be intimidated and will do what my gut tells me. I don't think I was too far off, either, because he has since smacked his little sister, and gone after his mother with a knife. Too bad I wasn't involved in any of those incidents because no one else will step up when they see this or hear it.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Gee Eileen you must have been frieghtened. I know I would have been, especially at that hour. You're so right that not snitching is only to protect the guilty.

Take care of yourself, I would not feel too safe around those people.

Dee

Anonymous said...

You must live in one of those government subsidized units.

RX850 said...

As a matter of fact I don't live in subsidized housing. Just a 6 family house in a residential street.

If your point is that it only happens in subsidized housing, I don't agree.

Anonymous said...

I can't believe that all you got out of this post was where she might live?????

Dee

Anonymous said...

It is good you do not believe it since that is not all I got from it.It is what I chose to comment on as it was left unsaid.

LJG aka Pennsylvania Independent said...

Hey Eileen,
It has been awhile since I visited blogs, but I am doing much better. I haven't posted much, but do plan to do so within the next few days. I already have posts that I have written, I am just waiting a few days to post them.
I am doing much better since the accident. I am in not as much pain anymore. That is one thing that kept me out of the blogging world for awhile.
But in reguard to your post, you never know if someone's life is in danger. I think you did the right thing.
Best wishes to you,
Levi

RX850 said...

I am so glad you're better! Keep up the good work!
Eileen