News Flash: Criminals Don’t Call 911

And the citizens don’t want to get involved. (Almost makes me homesick for Chicago.) Cincinnati shot-tracker shows most gunfire isn’t reported

Now that we have Shot-tracker, no one needs to call in gunfire. Cops will know right away. (Or else what is the technology for?) 85% of gunfire is not reported to 911.

So let’s review. Bad guys aren’t going to call the cops. The good guys are afraid of the bad guys, so they won’t either. That’s ground-breaking reporting right there. (Maybe I should create a Media Insanity category to go along with Cops Behaving Stupidly.)

Just to show the level of command of the English language… The next story at the Cincinnati Enquirer discusses how police in Dayton are trying to “coax” a subject out of a house using sirens and bullhorns. Not sure I would have gone with the verb “coax” under those circumstances. But then again I’m not a Journalism Professional™.


Self-defense Is Legal in Cincinnati

I sort of suspected that it might be, but 7 days is fast for a prosecutor to admit it. Clerk who shot would-be robber cleared of wrongdoing, prosecutor says – WCPO Cincinnati, OH

Hananiah Israel entered a store, point a gun and demanded cash. One clerk through cash across the counter. The other drew, and demanded he drop his weapon, then fired.

Hananiah Israel died in a local hospital from his wounds.

[Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe] Deters said Wednesday he was not even taking the case to a grand jury.

“If you enter a store with a weapon to rob it, you have forfeited your right not to be shot,” he said. “And these clerks were lucky they weren’t victims themselves. They were clearly defending themselves.”

Self-defense is a human-right.

What If You Dialed 911 and No One Answered?

This is happening in Cincinnati, and in other places. 911 Outages Imperil Public Safety in Cincinnati and Elsewhere

According to an internal city document obtained by NBC News, there have been 10 911 outages since June of 2016. The latest one, just this summer, lasted three hours and 30 minutes.

Usually when I write about the problems with calling 911, the delays are in the minutes, not hours. 3 hours (or more) is a very long time when bad things are happening. It could literally be a lifetime.

The powers that be in Cincinnati trot out the standard (though at this point very lame) excuse that it is all the fault of cellphones.

“These 911 systems have been designed and built for landlines,” said Cincinnati City Manager Harry Black. “Now we’ve got the proliferation of cellphones.”

While the modern cellphone can be dated to 1983, they really didn’t show up everywhere until 1991 when generation 2 technology became available and sparked competition.

1991 was more than 25 years ago, and they are still blaming the cellphone for their incompetence. Sorry, but I don’t buy it.

Since they know that no one is going to buy that excuse, Harry Black tees up standard excuse number 2, “It’s not my fault.”

Black blames most of the trouble on a private company called Comtech that runs Cincinnati’s 911 system. “We’ve got a service provider at that level who’s not been as reliable and dependable as we’ve needed them to be,” Black said.

But that contract – if it was written by anyone who has ever seen any contract ever – would have performance clauses and what would happen if a given level of performance is not met. Like penalties and withheld fees all the way up to contract termination. Which is apparently the stage they’ve reached, because Cincinnati is taking over its own 911. (What could go wrong by putting the .gov in charge?)

And of course Cincinnati is not the only .gov entity that signed up with Comtech, and they are not the only folks having problems with them.

In Connecticut, officials replaced Comtech’s system with a new company after a three-hour 911 outage hit 52 call-taking sites. And in South Dakota this year, officials temporarily suspended payments to Comtech, saying the company was “slow to fix several recurring problems found within the system.

So how did Comtech get to be so big in the 911 “industry” if they have so many problems? They didn’t answer questions for the linked article, so who knows.

The final “suggestion” is to program your local police/fire numbers into your phone in case 911 isn’t working. Works only as long as you never leave home. 911 was introduced so that if I am visiting you and you have a heart attack, I don’t have to search around for the number for paramedics. That is not as fast as me just being able to call 911 wherever I go. “In theory, there’s no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there’s a difference.”

Calling 911 is a fine thing to do in an emergency. It can send police, and fire, and emergency medical personnel to help with whatever you are facing. If what you are facing is a violent encounter, you may not be able to call 911 before bad things happen, but in any event, if the ONLY thing you are prepared to do is call 911, then you might have a problem, when that system breaks down.

Self-defense in Cincinnati – and Neighbors Were Shocked

You can file this under “If you break into houses, you will eventually find an armed resident.” Police identify victim in Madisonville fatal shooting

Cincinnati was at one time a fairly anti-gun city. The media were outright hostile to gun owners (where were the not?) and the city counsel did a lot to make gun owners unwelcome. The Ohio CCW law changed some of that, though not all. That makes even a relatively neutral story on lethal self-defense just a little bit amazing to me.

Police went to 6615 Roe St. about 1 p.m. Saturday for a possible burglary-in-progress call. They said a resident in the house fired at least one shot, killing the suspected burglar.

The reporter seems to be a bit vague on homicide versus murder, but he is clearly trying to be neutral.

Oh and the neighbors were shocked surprised to discover that they live in the Real World™ where crime can occur.

“It’s surprising that it took place in this neighborhood, especially in the daytime,” [a neighbor] said.

The fact is that if you can read this, then you don’t live in Mayberry or Pleasantville, and not residing in those mythic locations you live in an area where crime can (and probably does) happen from time to time, even if it doesn’t happen very often. Make your plans accordingly.

Self-defense is Legal in Cincinnati

Apparently there was some doubt. Prosecutor: Clerk’s shooting of robbery suspect justified | Local News – WLWT Home

Kirby was wearing blue latex gloves, a hoodie and face covering that partially concealed his face. He produced a gun, later identified as a loaded semi-automatic .380 handgun.

Kirby pointed the gun at the clerk and demanded the money from the register, Deters said. Kirby then forced the clerk to the back to try and open a safe. At some point, Kirby turned his head, and the clerk pulled out his own concealed weapon and fired four times, Deters said. All four shots struck Kirby.

There are still images at the link above. You see the would-be bad-guy point a gun at the clerk. You see him on the ground after he was shot.

The clerk was calling 911 – for an ambulance as much as anything – when Kirby decided to run. He didn’t get far. Police found him nearby; he died at a local hospital.

Self-defense is a human-right.

“He had three choices”

It’s a citizen shot by cops, so the complaints are flying, but the video shows he attacked cops. Video Shows Suspect Attack Cincinnati Police Officer

And the video shows him with a knife at the local Kroger, where he was believed to have been shoplifting.

What were his three choices?

  1. Flee
  2. Comply (what the FOP wants you to do)
  3. Launch a frontal assault

He picked option 3, and the results should not surprise anyone.

It is unfortunate, but “the choices we make dictate the lives we lead.” Or don’t as the case may be.

There is much in the media about this guy being homeless, and mentally ill. I don’t know, but it seems that the cops didn’t have a lot of choice in the seconds of the attack. If you are attacked by a mentally ill person, you still have the right to defend yourself from that attack.

48 Minutes to Respond to a 911 Call About Someone Trying to Break Into a Home

What if you called 911 and no one came? Or they didn’t arrive for a very long time? Tick-tock: How long is too long to wait for police? |

Multiple calls to 911 by numerous people kept getting the same response. “Cops are on the way.” But of course they weren’t.

At 29 minutes since the first call, another neighbor called 911.

And he didn’t mince words.

“Do you guys actually ever send somebody?” Terry Bazeley [a neighbor] asked the operator. “Why aren’t they sending somebody?”

Operator: “Ah, they’ve been dispatched.”

“It’s five minutes from headquarters, so 25 minutes later somebody should have been here,” Bazeley implored.

At 48 minutes after the first 911 call, an officer called dispatch to see if they were still waiting, and he went to the neighborhood.

Calling 911 is a fine thing to do, but what if the result isn’t quite what you expect? Then what will you do?

The residents of the home this guy was trying to break into, were armed. If he hadn’t been so drunk/drugged/whatever and had gotten in, he would probably be dead. As it is, when cops FINALLY arrived they arrested him for drunk and disorderly.

Calling 911 is fine thing to do, but I think you should have more strategy than just, “Call 911.”