The answer is this. This happened.
Back in the '70s, MOVE had been a pretty dangerous group. They'd even killed a police officer during a shootout. But nearly a decade later, MOVE's members spent most of their days protesting zoos, letting their naked children play with rats to boost their immune systems, and generally being a nuisance to their middle-class neighbors. They did most of that from the relative safety of their survival compound (which was in fact a fortified row house in the middle of the burbs), complete with rooftop bunker, a stockpile of recycled goods, and speakers that constantly blared anti-police sentiments. When the neighbors got sick of it and called the cops to complain about the noise, the police came to the MOVE fortress with plenty of guns, a long memory, and no patience.
However, rather than throwing all of the members into a shady secret prison or kicking in the door and shooting everyone before planting ten bricks of cocaine and a suitcase of machine guns in the basement, the cops simply blew the place up. That's not hyperbole -- when they couldn't force the group to leave their fortified house, the Philadelphia Police Department dropped a bomb on the families inside, burning down 65 homes in the process. Then they sifted through the rubble to arrest anyone who was still alive, which was almost no one.
To recap: They dealt with a noise complaint by adding 200 decibels worth of noise.
Thirty years later, barely anyone remembers that this massacre took place. It's true that details about the siege are still as hazy as a person suffering from shell shock. But what we do know is that the cops fired at least 10,000 bullets at the compound before the bomb was dropped. And that they (intentionally or not) shot at people trying to escape the blast and resulting fire. We also know that the fire department opted out of fighting that particular fire, that six adults and five children were killed during the chaos, and that despite all of this, not one police officer or city official has ever been held accountable. But at least they resolved that noise complaint.
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