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Police chief encourages armed homeowners to fight back: 'You’re not going to have time to dial 911'

Discussion in 'Legal & Political Archive' started by jbett98, Mar 11, 2014.

  1. jbett98

    jbett98 NW Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    In Detroit, Michigan several incidences of armed homeowner involved shootings have been reported in recent weeks. According to WDIV Local 4, at least four cases have occurred where homeowners using guns to defend themselves, shot, and twice killed intruders or carjackers.

    Detroit Police Chief James Craig told WDIV, “Lot of good Detroiters are fed up.” According to Deadline Detroit and The Detroit News , in an unusual declaration for a big city police chief, in January Craig stated that he thinks that if more Detroiters were legally armed, it would deter criminals. With the latest string of shootings, Craig talked to the station and reiterated his stance. “The message should be that, you know, people are going to protect themselves. They’re tired, they’ve been dealing with this epidemic of violence, they’re afraid and they have a right to protect themselves.”

    eports indicate that Chief Craig’s position on the issue of an armed citizenry changed after he served as the police chief of Portland, Maine in 2009. Craig served with the Los Angeles Police Department for 28 years where he said, “…it takes an act of Congress to get a concealed weapon permit.” Once in Portland, Craig found himself denying a “stack” of Carrying Concealed Weapon (CCW) permits in a state where many CCWs are handed out. But he says, “I changed my orientation real quick. Maine is one of the safest places in America. Clearly, suspects knew that good Americans were armed.”

    Chief Craig told WDIV, “If you are confronted with an immediate threat to your safety, you’re not going to have time to dial 911, you know. I mean, so it becomes an issue of, the threat’s here, I have to respond to the threat.” Though he does make it known that the threat needs to be coming at a homeowner and armed citizens cannot chase a suspect down with a gun. In those cases, 911 needs to be called upon.

    The chief said that the Detroit Police Department will continue to aggressively search and arrest suspects involved in the recent cases. Craig added, “Suspects in Detroit gotta worry about a couple of things. They’ve got to worry about a police department that’s going to aggressively find you when you commit acts of violence. And you gotta also worry about the good Detroiters who are not going to put up with the violence.”
     
  2. PiratePast40

    PiratePast40 Willamette Valley Well-Known Member

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    This comes from the beginning of January but is still a good resource. Would be a good idea for us to have this information handy for the next time the anti-gun crowd gets riled up.
     
  3. RicInOR

    RicInOR Washington County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    RicInOR Washington County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Last week there was a story out of Detroit. A guy in a car hit a child, who had run out in front of the vehicle. The locals all complain that cars go to fast in the area - and had for sometime. During the news other children were observed running into the same street. The guy stops to try and help, goes to the gas station which is just there to get a call in. A mob beat the guy up at the gas station. 30-40 people in the mob, just a handful doing the actual beating.

    Today I see a follow up - DGU?

    "I was willing to shoot anybody who hit that man again"

    http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/story/2...that-saved-a-driver-from-an-angry-detroit-mob

    "Deborah Hughes lives across the street. The retired nurse may have saved the life of that driver, Steve Utash. She broke up the angry mob that was beating him. Detroit Police Chief James Craig knocked on the woman's door and personally called her a "Detroit hero.""
     
  5. RicInOR

    RicInOR Washington County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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