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Landlord turned off electricity

Posted by Rob on May 24, 2000 at 23:50:30:

(I'm the guy whose apartment was declared illegal by the Dept of Buildings and now the landlord is working overtime to harass us to get out.)

Wed Night: First the landlord comes banging on the window for 15 minutes and I do not answer because my father is the leaseholder and I am sick of dealing with them. Then, they call twice and hang up on the answering machine. I was in a completely dark apartment with just a small 13" tv on in the livingroom.

So, they turn our electricity off from the main line. I call 911, and they take their sweetass time getting here and the two women would prefer to make the situation into "You're not going to tell us who we're going to arrest" and they say that they don't have to arrest the landlord because he "is going to turn the electricity back on." I told the officers that I have spoken to lawyers and detectives who told me that they absolutely would be arrested if they turned the electricity off.

We sat in the dark while the police officers negotiated for well over a half hour to turn the electricity back on with the entire family. The officer still insisted that she didn't have to do anything because he turned the electricity back on.

How much of a complete violation of procedure was it for the police to refuse to issue a summons or make an arrest?

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