Why Do Cops Think Killing Dogs Is Just Fine?

When I first saw this story I thought it was that the dog was running free. It was not. Detroit cop fatally shoots fenced-in dog in its own yard, disturbing video shows

The dog was in a fenced in yard and was not free. While it was in conflict with a K-9, all the cop needed to do to end the conflict was pull the K-9 away from the fence.

The Detroit Police Department has defended the cop, saying she was only trying to protect the K9 officer.

I wonder. Do you suppose it is against the law in Detroit to lose control of YOUR DOG? The cops don’t have to follow the rules that everyone else does.

Now in the grand scheme of things, this story is really not that important. But the idea that cops don’t have to act reasonably is a really bad idea.

What Happens When People Give Up on City Government?

Or when city government gives up on them? There is a fairly disturbing site, that has for some time chronicled the decline of Detroit. GooBing Detroit.

Click on the image for a larger view. It captures the Google Maps Street view of the same set of houses in Detroit from 2009 thru 2015. What a difference 6 years makes.

Writing about the problems of Detroit is not hard, and it is not new. (The post at that link is from 2011.) I have written about the 911 response time, in that city, where it got so bad that citizens stopped bothering. If you have to wait an hour for cops, when you are dealing with a violent encounter, you might want to have a plan aside from “Call 911.”

But back to GooBing Detroit, and one post in particular.

This is a kind of “Powers of Ten” of property tax foreclosure, starting w/ this block of Hazelridge St. Properties in red tax foreclosed between 2002 – 2018, though most (about 135,000 of 180,000) were tax foreclosed 2009 – 2018.

In city of less than 700,000 people, losing that much of your tax base cannot be shrugged off. Though it seems like politicians don’t understand that. (The 2019 estimate I saw was 670,000. YMMV.)

I’ve said before that I think cities are a 19th Century anachronism. People originally moved to places like Detroit because that is where autos were manufactured. People moved to the South Side of Chicago to work in the steel mills, and those mills were huge. People moved to cities because that is where the jobs were.

But those jobs are gone. And while the white collar jobs stayed, and people stayed because of the restaurants and nightlife and shopping even that has been changing. Amazon has killed shopping, and COVID-19 is doing a fine job of killing restaurants, and nightlife. And now that white collar workers can work from home and phone it in, what reason is left to crowd yourself into a high crime city? Or more specifically, a high tax city? Cities have higher taxes for several reasons, but when the amenities/services don’t work out to a good deal, people leave.

Looking at that sequence of images again it strikes me as how fast a neighborhood fell, from being reasonably well-kept to being abandoned and burned to the ground.

“Staggering Amounts of Violence” But Mayor Focused on Recreation

“Safe” isn’t the word I would use. Mayor says Detroit is safe enough to bring back summer recreation programs.

To be fair, he is trying to deal with some fallout from the lockdown, like property tax relief for people who are out of work, but…

But the mayor said the city is still struggling to find a way to stem the staggering amount of violence that erupted this summer. Homicides are up 31% and shootings are up 53%. There have been nearly 400 shootings over the last two months, resulting in 63 deaths. Those figures include three people shot by police — two of whom died after shooting at or pointing a gun at police.

And of course they need to emphasize the 0.75% of shootings that were by police, and – not ignore exactly – the 99.25% of shootings that were not done by cops. Because if we defund the police, all the problems will go away, or something.

So against the backdrop of 400 shootings, the mayor is worried about summer programs for the kids. Somehow I have to think that reducing the number of shootings would be good for everyone, including the kids.

How Should a Woman Defend Herself?

This guy was breaking into her home at 2:15 in the morning on Sunday. What should she do? What should she do after they “defund” the police? Man shot by homeowner after attempting to break in.

Police say the suspect, a 30-year-old man, was shot by a home owner after attempting to force his way into her home, by breaking her front living room window and the glass of the front door.

Cops took him to the hospital, and then to jail.

In the absence of police, after the Left has disbanded them, should she just shoot until he’s dead, and then dispose of the body? That doesn’t sound right to me. So in the absence of firearms, what should she do? Just revel in her impending victim-status? I would love to hear what the Left has to say on either issue. (Other than the ad hominem attacks I usually get, that is.)

Leniency Leads to Crime Spree

JusticeSix deaths in six days. He should have been in prison. Police: Suspect in multiple Detroit-area killings dies after shooting himself. So what is social justice quotient in 6 deaths?

Brown’s case has triggered controversy and finger-pointing as he allegedly carried out these crimes weeks after a federal judge released him back into society following a probation violation, rather than locking him back up.

But keeping violent criminals in prison is unfair.

He shot himself as police were closing in.

Six people would be alive if that judge had exercised some judgement. But instead, I’m sure he was worried about his social-justice standing.

If an Armed Homeowner Gives You a Chance to Walk Away…

You might consider heeding that warning. Intruder doesn’t heed Detroit homeowner’s warning, gets shot.

When the homeowner heard someone trying to break into his home, he called police and grabbed a rifle.

“I yelled out, ‘You about to get shot. Get away from my door.’ (It) didn’t bother him. He got even more relentless,” he said. “I said, ‘Well I gotta get him before he gets me,’ so I fired a shot through the door.”

The guy who got shot, had an interesting response. “Ouch.” And then said he was going to get his gun. Cops showed up before that happened and took him to a local hospital. After he’s done there, he will be headed to jail.

No word on what kind of rifle was used. Though I know what kind of rifle I would reach for.

Officer Rasheen McClain

End of Watch. Friends remember slain Detroit Police Officer Rasheen McClain.

Officer McClain was shot and killed in the line of duty Wednesday night. Police say a 28-year-old suspect with an extensive criminal record is in custody for shooting him and his partner that night, Officer Phillippe Batoum-Bisse.

For whatever reason, the Detroit police haven’t released the name of the suspect.

Relatives of Dead Criminals Hate Self-defense, Especially When a Federal Agent Is Involved

The father of the dead guy was sure his son was not attacking the ICE agent. ICE agent cleared in civil trial after fatal shooting.

Quinn was a member of a fugitive apprehension team when Terrance Kellom was shot. Police have said Kellom was wanted for armed robbery and lunged at Quinn with a hammer. His father, Kevin Kellom, has disputed that account. Quinn wasn’t charged.

If you lunge at me with a hammer or a screwdriver, or a rock, or a knife, or any number of other ad hoc weapons, I am going to defend myself. I think most people would. (Even the people who say they wouldn’t resort to violence, want to live, after all.)

The “How Dare You Live Without Me Attitude” Never Turns Out Well

In this case, it cost him his life. Ex-boyfriend killed after forcing way into home in search of ex-girlfriend.

He was armed. He pushed his way into a home looking for his ex-girlfriend. (Apparently he didn’t understand the meaning of the “ex” part.)

Police tell FOX 2 that their initial investigation shows the 39-year-old homeowner shot the man after he entered the home. At this point the homeowner is not in custody as police are investigating — this as a likely case of self defense.

Self-defense, and defense of family, is a human-right.

Another Failure of the Victim-selection Process

19-year-old shot by Detroit homeowner during alleged attempted break in.

So a teenager, or a legal adult? Teenager sounds worse.

A teenager has been shot allegedly trying to break into a Detroit home, according to police.

But the real story is that a legal adult was shot will committing a felony.

Detroit police say a 19-year-old man sustained a gunshot wound while reportedly attempting to break into a home in the 20000 block of Avon.

You can’t blame the folks writing headlines. This is the reporter who tried to exercise some spin.

Self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

9 Hours Wait After Call to 911

She had to run for her life before cops could be bothered to show up. Detroit 911: Woman calls 10 times after threat, response took more than nine hours.

The first call was at 1:50 AM. At 11:30 AM she called for the 11th time.

“I do not have an address,” screamed a voice into the phone. “I need some help immediately. I just had to run from the house, that’s why I don’t have an address…I’ve been calling you guys since last night.”

The woman had been chased out of her home by her son, she would later say, who was wielding a bat.

Cops were dispatched, the guy was arrested – excuse me taken into protective custody – and tragedy averted. After 9 hours. An investigate is underway.

Calling 911 is a fine thing to do. But help won’t arrive immediately. And you need to plan on what you’re going to do while you wait. This is related to a story from February 25th. 30 Minutes or an Hour Wait After Calling 911.

30 Minutes or an Hour Wait After Calling 911

And these are for the most serious crimes. Detroit 911: Thousands in crisis left waiting for Detroit police.

The average response time in Detroit is the best it has been in a decade: 12 minutes. Which is still a very long time when bad things are happening. But that is the average wait time. Some people wait longer.

At a time when the city touts the fastest response time to 911 calls in well more than a decade — 12 minutes for priority one calls — thousands of the most urgent calls to police each year still leave victims waiting 30 minutes or more for help. Hundreds wait longer than an hour.

A 7 Action News investigation reveals that, over a 20-month period, 650 priority one calls took more than 60 minutes to receive a response. The calls include reports of active shootings, rapes in progress, felonious assaults, armed robberies, armed attacks from the mentally ill and suicides in progress.

Calling 911 is a fine thing to do, they can send a lot of help your way, but that help won’t arrive in an instant. In some cases you will wait a very long time. If all you plan to do is call 911, you might want to rethink that strategy.

They Suffered a Breakdown of the Victim-selection Process

Man targeted in carjacking fatally shoots attacker on Detroit’s west side.

Police said two men rushed up on a 33-year-old homeowner who pulled up to a home and tried to rob him. Police originally said the intended victim grabbed a gun from one of the men, but they have since said the victim went into the home and grabbed a gun.

The 33-year-old shot and killed one of the robbers, officials said.

They drove off in the victim’s SUV, but dumped it a short distance away. They guy who wasn’t shot ran like a rabbit. Police haven’t caught him.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Detroit Cops REALLY Don’t Want the Public to Know Response Times

But then the head cop is a politician – as most of them are. Part 3: Anatomy of a Murder Scene: What Happened That Night on Detroit’s West Side.

“Stay in your lane.”

It was an extraordinary command from Detroit Police Chief James Craig last November, responding to criticism leveled by the president of the firefighters union.

The FD union chief was complaining about police response to an active murder scene.

Not only did Detroit Firefighters Association president Mike Nevin not stay in his lane, he doubled down, releasing internal police documents that show it took police the better part of an hour to respond to an active murder scene. A scene where panicked firefighters were pinned down.

Craig assembled a press conference, where he claimed that police responded to the call in six minutes.

Six minutes sounds so much better than an hour. So of course for the crime of telling the truth, the head cop is going to “investigate” the union chief. Because we CAN’T allow the truth to get out.

A Politician Playing Fast and Loose With the Truth?

And it isn’t even Chicago. Detroit Dupes Public on Crime: Police Response Slows as 911 Calls Spike. (This is only Part 1 of a 2 part series.)

The mayor and the chief of police are congratulating themselves on declining response times to 911 calls. But analysis of the raw data tells a somewhat different story.

A computer analysis of the records shows police are taking longer to respond to priority one calls, which are for the most violent and urgent crimes. In 2018, the average response times for priority one calls increased to 14 minutes and18 seconds, up from the previous year’s 13 minutes and12 seconds.

Response times to priority two calls, which typically involve emergencies such as robberies and hit-and-run crashes, reached a whopping 54 minutes and 42 seconds.

Now, to be fair, it is much better than a few years ago when it took Detroit Police about 30 minutes to respond to a priority 1 call, but a lot of REALLY bad things can happen in 14 minutes.

It isn’t the cops fault…

Consider this: The department’s ranks have shrunk about 25 percent since 2008, even as the number of 911 calls continue to climb. As 911 calls mount, DPD has 160 unfilled vacancies for street cops.

And “police runs” were up 39% in 2018 over 2017. It is an impossible situation. So cops spend less time investigating, and as result make fewer arrests. So of course violent crime is up.

Given the situation in Detroit, (low pay, slashed benefits) it is hard to recruit, and rookies get a few years of experience, and head for the suburbs – where they get paid more and it is safer. (That sounds familiar somehow.)

Another Failure of the Victim-selection Process

He probably thought 2 women were easy targets. He was wrong. Police: Detroit woman shoots, kills man during home invasion Sunday.

A mother and her adult daughter were on there way to church. An unknown idiot grabbed the homeowner by the coat. He was “asked” to leave. He didn’t leave.

fter asking him to leave, the women went inside the house and the man followed them. The homeowner fired off two rounds of gunshots at the man, who is now dead, police say. The man is in his thirties and was shot in the chest at least once, police say.

Self-defense is a human-right.

4-day Response to 911 Call May Be a Record

Un-Freakin’-Believable. She called 911 when her daughter was attacked; Detroit police arrived 4 days later.

On average, Detroit cops get to a 911 call in 12 minutes. That was 30 minutes (on average) just a few years ago. But aside from the fact that bad things can happen in 12 minutes, you should remember that sometimes people are going to wait longer. In this case, it was much longer.

She called 911 when her daughter’s boyfriend was beating the daughter. No one showed up that day. She called multiple times, talked to dispatchers, talked to supervisors. No one showed up. The attacker came back again. The original call was made on Saturday.

Detroit police didn’t arrive at the west side home until the following Wednesday afternoon, a full four days and 34 minutes after the first call to 911.

Assistant Chief James White made no excuses when he spoke with WXYZ television station about the delay last week.

They have offered the girl who was attacked, an apology. But this kind of thing can happen to anyone. Mistakes were made, but humans make mistakes. You should not assume that 911 is going to come to your aid every time.

He Disrespected Their Authority

They couldn’t accept that. 2 Detroit cops charged with home invasion.

2 cops are charged with home invasion, because they kicked in a door of a house without a search warrant. They also weren’t in “pursuit of a subject.” The homeowner refused them entry, and they couldn’t have that! Not OBEY the police – even illegal orders? What kind of a police state is this? </sarcasm>

“A couple cops came to the house looking for a suspect,” [the homeowner, 28-year-old Tashar] Cornelius said. “I told them the man they were looking for wasn’t here, but they refused to listen to what I was saying. They wanted to come in my house, and I told them ‘without a search warrant, you have no right to be here.’

“I guess that teed them off,” he said. “I shut the door on them, but they didn’t leave my property. They seemed convinced their suspect was here. So they kicked in the door and came in with their weapons drawn. Then they put me in handcuffs and searched the property.”

Cornelius spent 36 hours in custody, supposedly for owning an “illegal taser.” No charges were filed against him, because disrespecting the cops isn’t a real law, just the one they enforce. He is considering a suit over the violation of his rights.

The 2 are on “administrative leave.” Or as most people call it – paid vacation.

Home Invader Meets Armed Homeowner

Another failure of the victim selection process. East side homeowner shoots intruder.

Officer Dan Donakowski said the suspect forced entry through a window, but then heard the victim moving around and tried to hide behind a couch.

But the victim, a 42-year-old man, was armed and fired shots at the suspect, hitting him on his left side.

Self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

Detroit’s 911 System Is No Longer a Complete Joke

I would say it has a way to go. Detroit 911 emergency system comes long way from pop-can-rigged fax machine | MLive.com

While under bankruptcy in 2014, a Detroit fire station rigged an emergency alert system using a pop can and a fax machine. It made national news.

Dispatchers would fax details of an emergency to the firehouse. As the fax printed out, a strategically placed pop can would be knocked to the floor, make noise and alert nearby firefighters.

Somewhat functional if completely insane. And that came with a 30 minute response time for high priority police calls and nearly that long for EMS.

Today things are better. 12 minute response time for police and 8 minutes for EMS. Those are averages. A lot of bad things can happen in 12 minutes, and you can die in 8 minutes if the circumstances are bad.

Detroit is a VERY large city. Geographically one of the largest in the US. (It may be the largest, but I won’t commit to that.) I think they did a lot of annexing in their heyday. Today with population (and taxes) down, all that real estate makes it hard to get cops and medics anywhere in a hurry. Still it is better than 30 minutes.

Calling 911 is a fine thing to do, but even if you can call 911 before bad things happen you are going to wait for a while. Maybe you will wait for a very long while.</p.