How not to get a visit by the police at 2 a.m. or be cited to the Dean of Students
Welcome back everyone to a great year!
This year Police District 14 is under pressure from the city to strictly enforce the law in the problem area of Allston, particularly the Linden and Gardner Street area.
Disturbing the peace means:
First: That the defendant engaged in conduct which most people would find to be unreasonably disruptive, such as (making loud and disturbing noise) (tumultuous or offensive conduct) (hurling objects in a populated area) (threatening, quarreling, fighting, or challenging others to fight) (uttering personal insults that amount to fighting words, that is, are so offensive that they are inherently likely to provoke an immediate violent reaction);
Second: That the defendant’s actions were done intentionally, and not by accident or mistake; and
Third: That the defendant did in fact annoy or disturb at least one person.
This Friday and Saturday up to four patrol cars have been circling the neighborhood at any one time. No one needs to be arrested for drug or alcohol related offenses, which in MA are regrettably no laughing matter.
Simple suggestions to keep the police of your back:
1. Keep the partying off the streets, any collection of people on the street with or without alcohol or drugs will attract the police.
2. Keep the yelling, swearing, and unruly behavior off the streets and to a minimum. Last year was particularly bad, causing intense resident pressure on the city to act. Don't be the patsy for some one else's wrong.
3. Do not consume drugs or alcohol in public; there are plainclothes cops on foot.
4. Remember the people throwing the party will get the summons and the citation to the dean. After your guests are long gone, you will have to deal with the consequences. Control your party and keep it out of the public.
5. Don't assume it won't happen to you. Once you get hauled into court or cited to the university, there is no excuse for your naivety.
Enjoy and don't be made to pay for other's mistakes.