Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Privatizing The Police

It's what the remaining citizens of Detroit are doing. Apropos of the line about "When seconds count, the police are only minutes away", or in some cases hours, people are finding that being armed can significantly shift the balance of power. Increasingly the courts, formerly famous for giving the resisting citizen more jail time than the perp, are siding with the citizens.
“It’s not about police response time because often the act has already taken place by the time the police are called,” said Sgt. Eren Stephens. She said citizens have a right to defend themselves.

“Anytime a life is lost, we’re concerned,” she said. “But we can‘t be on every corner in front of every home. And we know that there are citizens who will do what they have to do to protect themselves.”

Or as chief Wiggums put it" C'mon people, we can't be everywhere at once. Why don't you just take the law into your own hands?"

H/T to Uncle for this.


Brad K. said...

Funny. Detroit's experience echoes the experience of other cities and states that have broadened private citizen ownership of weapons.

At least, according to FBI reports over the last decade and more.

Anonymous said...


An Illinois appeals court in a strongly worded ruling last month found that Lake Holiday's practice of stopping and detaining drivers for violating homeowners association rules was unlawful. The court also found that the association's use of amber-colored flashing lights on its vehicles was unlawful and that the association could be held liable for Poris' false imprisonment claim.

A LaSalle County judge had previously ruled in favor of the homeowners association.