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Mon Nov 29, 2021, 06:02 AM

WTH? It's almost 4 am here and I just answered a soft knocking at my door.

It was a fully-equipped ABQ Police patrolman asking if I had called in a request. I told
him no, it wasn't me and I hadn't heard anything in the last hour that I'd been up. So
he said maybe they had the wrong info. I guess so!

NOTE: After I peeked out the crack in my door and saw who it was I took the chain
off and opened the door fully to show my willingness to be cooperative. I hope our
day here gets better, that's for sure! Everybody stay safe!

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Reply WTH? It's almost 4 am here and I just answered a soft knocking at my door. (Original post)
abqtommy Nov 29 OP
duhneece Nov 29 #1
mnhtnbb Nov 29 #2
OldBaldy1701E Nov 29 #6
sheilahi Nov 29 #3
left-of-center2012 Nov 29 #4
OldBaldy1701E Nov 29 #5
The Jungle 1 Nov 29 #7
abqtommy Nov 29 #8
Midnight Writer Nov 29 #9
mopinko Nov 29 #10
Fla Dem Nov 29 #11
mopinko Nov 29 #12
Fla Dem Nov 29 #13
mopinko Nov 29 #14
Trailrider1951 Nov 29 #15
SWBTATTReg Nov 29 #16
Trailrider1951 Nov 29 #17
The_REAL_Ecumenist Nov 29 #18
Trailrider1951 Nov 29 #19

Response to abqtommy (Original post)

Mon Nov 29, 2021, 07:20 AM

1. Down in Otero County, I remember being so freaked out by law enforcement knocking at the door...

It's happened a few times in 30 years; the difference in my being legal with marijuana has made my freaking out times over...but a knock at 4 am would freak me out for sure.
My grandson is in Alb and I worry about him so often.

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Response to abqtommy (Original post)

Mon Nov 29, 2021, 07:34 AM

2. I once had a Chapel Hill officer

knocking on our door at 5 am. I was up having coffee.

Turned out my youngest son--who was hosting a sleepover with some middle school friends--had sneaked out and were ringing doorbells in the neighborhood. Someone recognized him.

There were no more sleepovers for some time.

Then there was the 2 am Saturday night/Sunday morning phone call which I answered to hear a voice say, "This is Officer Smith of the Highway Patrol. Your son has been in an accident in Raleigh, but he's ok. Can you come get him?". This was my high school age son who'd been at a friend's for a sleepover. They got bored playing video games and went out in 2 cars to drive around. My son had lost control of his car--30 miles away on a surface street--and wrapped around a street sign. My husband went to get him and two passengers. Driver of the second car was allowed to drive himself home. We made that son pay off the insurance deductible for fixing his car.

Both those episodes of police contact at strange hours freaked me out.

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Response to mnhtnbb (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 29, 2021, 08:38 AM

6. I have been up having coffee at 5 a.m. in Chapel Hill a few times

Usually after a night at He's Not Here or the Cat's Cradle. (I still miss He's Not Here. That was my fave place to chill at the Hill. We won't go into the times spent on Hillsborough St. in Raleigh, as I lived there... I was visiting Chapel Hill.)

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Response to abqtommy (Original post)

Mon Nov 29, 2021, 07:38 AM

3. 'Whew!

Whew! That's a relief. When I read your headline, I thought it might have been my cat.

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Response to abqtommy (Original post)

Mon Nov 29, 2021, 07:47 AM

4. I too live in Albuquerque

A cop knocked on my door one evening to ask about a shooting in a nearby parking lot.
I had no info,
but when he knocked it sounded LOUD as if the door would come off.

I've heard it referred to on TV as the "policeman's knock" loud enough to wake the dead.

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Response to abqtommy (Original post)

Mon Nov 29, 2021, 08:31 AM

5. Ahh, story time

So, one morning this last summer (during the 90 days of summer that we have here in Minnesota), I was sitting at my desk with the main front door open so that we got some air flow. (It was not hot enough to turn on the A/C yet, according to my southern-born internal regulator, but everyone else had already turned theirs on. They usually do when it hits 75F around here.) The storm door has a screen, so that was still in place. (And, locked as well.) It was around 5:30 am. Suddenly, I see a bright light shining through the door at me. I rise up out of my chair, trying to see who it is. Then, I realize that it is a police officer. Now, I live in an area north of Minneapolis that has had issues with the police. (This particular police department had already committed two high-profile killings and were already being protested against.) And, although I am white, I am also from a poor family and one of the poorest counties in my home state. So, I was a bit concerned about cops just showing up and creeping around my house in the dark. He asked me if I had seen anyone around, that they had gotten a report of someone in a dark shirt standing down on the greenway that surrounds the pond we live on. (They call it a 'lake'.) I replied that I had not seen anyone, and that I had been up sitting here for the last hour. He acknowledged and then walked around the unit I live in (townhouses) and then left. I was a bit curious about this, but I was not surprised. There are a few older people here and one couple in particular has become the de-facto freakazoids of the area. They recently mounted a nice, big, movable camera on their back deck, like the ones you see at malls and stuff. The white arm with a smoky globe on it kind. In the five years I have been here, they have called the cops on a multiple occasions to report someone walking down the greenway. Now, bear in mind that this is a public greenway and there are apartments and other townhomes all around this side of the pond. They once called the cops on a boy around 13 or so who was walking along with a large cardboard box that he was going to use for some Scout merit badge thing. The police had to come here and scare this kid just to tell him not to leave any trash on the greenway. (I bet you won't be able to guess the race of the old couple or of those that keep generating the calls, but that is another story. This incident was when I realized that the couple was starting to really lose it as the boy with the box was a white boy who was very Nordic looking, so it was hard to not see that he was Caucasian.) Of course, the couple actually mentioned to another neighbor that they felt bad about making that call. They never said anything about the other times they wasted resources on calls that basically were made because someone darker than a sheet of copy paper dared to walk by on a public greenway at a time that was not to the couple's liking. And, no, I cannot wait to get away from this place.

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Response to abqtommy (Original post)

Mon Nov 29, 2021, 08:43 AM

7. Do not open the door.

Watch some of the police video of how they treat innocent people.
Serve and protect is not their motto.
Yes there are good police. Problem is it is not just a few bad apples.
You open the door and then all of the sudden they smell pot and they come crashing in.
Never let the police search your car either.

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Response to The Jungle 1 (Reply #7)

Mon Nov 29, 2021, 09:31 AM

8. Thanks for your advice. I take each situation as it comes and I have good

instincts. I could see that this officer was frustrated by not having the correct
information and I wasn't disappointed in our interaction. The day has only gotten
better since then!

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Response to abqtommy (Original post)

Mon Nov 29, 2021, 09:53 AM

9. I answered the door at 10:30 at night to a cop last summer. He had a puppy.

He had been called to a welfare check on an elderly woman and had to call an ambulance for her. She had a small dog in her house and was worried about what would happen to it.

This cop has run into me before walking my dog late at night and would often stop and say howdy. He knew that my old boy had passed away. When this dog was in need, he thought of me. I took the dog thinking it would be temporary.

Now the old woman has gone to a nursing home, and her nephew told me she'll probably never get home again, and if she did, she would be in no shape to take care of a dog. The only reason she had a dog was because her daughter brought it to her so she would have company, though she was 88 and on oxygen and in no shape to handle a rambunctious puppy.

So now I have a dog. Finally house trained and leash trained and turning into a good pet.

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Response to abqtommy (Original post)

Mon Nov 29, 2021, 10:00 AM

10. cops knocked on my door at 10 pm the sunday of labor day weekend.

i stuck my head out the window above my door. asked me if i was me. said yes. both cops rolled their eyes.
they had a warrant for my arrest. asked me why the hell i answered the door to the cops.
couldnt believe they had to drag an old lady off to jail late at night.

i had missed a court date on a misdemeanor, and 2 summonses had been issued, but neither served.
so i spent the night in the local jail, and the day in cook county jail. got home a little over 24 hrs later.

fun times. but yeah, they must have said 20 times- lady, dont open the door for the cops.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #10)

Mon Nov 29, 2021, 10:17 AM

11. Seriously! At 10:00 on a Sunday night they took you to jail! ABSURD!

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Response to Fla Dem (Reply #11)

Mon Nov 29, 2021, 10:18 AM

12. knowing court was short hours the next day.

usually an 8 am call, but cuz it was a holiday, it was almost noon.
and everybody on holiday pay.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #12)

Mon Nov 29, 2021, 10:31 AM

13. Shaking my head.

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Response to Fla Dem (Reply #13)

Mon Nov 29, 2021, 10:39 AM

14. honestly, i came out of it saying- everyone should have to spend a day in jail.

you can hear about the petty cruelty, but it's still astounding to experience.
the food. jebus. soy bologna sandwiches and grape koolaid.
my state rep has worked on issues at the jail forever, and even she was shaking her head.

at least the cops warned me not to take my phone, because they impound them as evidence at the station where they being you 1st. it doesnt go w your possessions.
so i have no phone, and i didnt get out until the advocates they kept assuring me would be there to arrange transportation were gone for the day. i was the last one out.
i considered myself lucky to get a jittney cab that only charged me twice what a real cab would have cost. even tho he had to take me to an atm to get paid.

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Response to abqtommy (Original post)

Mon Nov 29, 2021, 10:49 AM

15. Yeah, I've had that knock before

I used to own a house in a very small town on the Texas prairie about 50 miles northeast of Austin. It was about midnight on a very rainy night and I had gone to bed about half an hour before the knock. I opened the door to find one of Williamson county's finest standing on the porch demanding that I identify myself. So I had to get my DL and show him that I indeed was the home owner. Apparently there had been a 911 hang up call from my residence. Nope, it wasn't me, and I was the only person in the house. I had no idea who made that 911 call.

The next afternoon, it happened again. Cop at the door, but this one was much more polite. Who was making those calls? Cue the Twilight Zone theme music. Later that evening, it happened again. WTF??? The cop asked me if I had made ANY phone calls around the time of the 911 call. I told him no, but my new ATT DSL internet service (the only game in town) had gone out and I had to re-boot the modem. In fact, I had to re-boot that modem about 11 pm the evening before and once again around 1 pm. Could it be that the heavy rain was interfering with the phone connection out at the telephone pole? I called ATT and demanded that they send someone out to trouble shoot the problem, as I can't have the cops show up every time it rains and I have to re-boot. They came out the next day and found a bad connection at the pole, and sent me a new modem just to be sure. No more 911 calls, as that solved the problem, but man what a scare!

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Response to Trailrider1951 (Reply #15)

Mon Nov 29, 2021, 02:02 PM

16. Wow. Cross connect happens when things get wet. Wow...it's a good thing that they

didn't get too trigger happy in banging your doors down!

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Response to SWBTATTReg (Reply #16)

Mon Nov 29, 2021, 02:38 PM

17. No worries there. I'm an older woman who's white enough to glow in the dark.

Once they see that I'm a home owner (tax payer), they calm down.

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Response to Trailrider1951 (Reply #15)

Mon Nov 29, 2021, 07:09 PM

18. Williamson county, huh? Let me guess-Taylor, Granger, Thrall, Round Rock or Georgetown....

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Response to The_REAL_Ecumenist (Reply #18)

Mon Nov 29, 2021, 08:07 PM

19. Close LOL

Try a little farther north from Granger. I used to shop at that HEB in Taylor all the time. My credit union was in Georgetown. Moved to Tacoma, WA area in 2017 to be near my family and sold my house to a couple of friends.

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