Emily (mysticpenguin) wrote in little_details,
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Absurd hypothetical on police procedure

Let's see how shortly I can sum this up. A character of mine recently stumbled over an old friend of hers living on the street. They were very close friends when they were in their early teens or so, but that was over ten years ago. She's dragged him home with her, convinced that they're going to pick up right where they left off and live happily ever after. From his end this whole "rescue" deal seems kind of weird and controlling. One night a few weeks after that, they end up getting drunk and using each other for sex. Afterwards he says some things to her that have rather hurtful and insulting implications. It's the last straw for her; he's been acting like a snotty brat almost since he moved in. She loses her temper at him and throws him out without even letting him stop to get dressed. He hangs around for a while trying to get back in. While he's out there, one of the neighbors sees him and calls the police because eeek, naked prowler.

So the police show up and what would they be likely to do? Ask him what he's about, I'm sure, but then what? This part of the story is set in a large, slightly up-scale suburb of a medium-sized American city, if that's any help. Could they arrest/cite him for indecent exposure even if it wasn't something he chose to do? I assume they'd want to talk to his friend once he tells his side of the story, but can they legally make her let him back into the house?
Tags: usa: government: law enforcement (misc)
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