Police respond to a noise complaint but end up playing video games with the respectful tenants

Jovante M. Williams arrived at his friends’ apartment at the same time that police were arriving. “At my friends’ apartment, there’s been a couple of noise complaints going on, from the same people,” Jovante tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “Lately, we’ve been playing our games on mute; we don’t want to bother anyone.”

Williams is familiar with the area, “We’re not trouble. We’re adults. Sometimes, we drink beer,” he admits.

Williams and his friends were playing the popular Nintendo video game Super Smash Bros. when police arrived at their door. “You know,” Williams says, “The neighbors thought we were doing the most. We were just playing.”


“We got a lot of cops. We’re telling them this is the same noise level we’ve been having,” Williams tells us. “They confirmed, a few times, that we weren’t even loud.”

Eventually, one police officer asked the young men what they were playing.

“I’m like, ‘Y’all wanna play Smash?!’ And two of them literally raised their hand and walked up. They’re like, ‘How do you jump?’ They were acting; one of them was playing Pikachu!” Williams says, laughing, alluding to the fact that the officers knew how to play very well.

Williams said he thought “Of course, you’d bring more cops” when police arrived at the apartment building. “It was concerning. You see so many videos of terrible results. … I’m not trying to end up in jail or hurt, or have my friends harmed, or to start a commotion. But you know what? I heard the police asking ‘What Smash Brothers?’ Instead of something negative … it was something wholesome.”

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