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.

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So Is It a Tax, Or Protection?

Want good service from Detroit police? Pay an extra $4000 to $6000 up front, and $150 per month. Some Detroit businesses question fairness in Green Light crime fight

Don’t pay? Get to the back of the line.

A customer was destroying a Marathon gas station, so the manager called 911. When time passed he called again to find out why cops didn’t respond.

“The dispatcher said, ‘It’s because you don’t have the Green Light,’ ” Kaid said. “The customer was in here destroying the store, throwing everything off the shelves. He was here for almost an hour before he left. When the police finally came, they told us the Green Light locations get priority.”

It took about an hour for the cops to arrive at the Marathon station. That is a long time.

The Police Chief says they aren’t ignoring businesses who haven’t paid their protection signed up for ‘Green Light.’ And cops would never lie, would they?

Cops would like to force all businesses – or at least those open after 10 PM to sign up. It gives cops unfettered access to the surveillance footage. Welcome to the Panoptican.

Concealed Carry License Holder Survives Ambush

I don’t know what else you can call this. CPL holder kills masked shooter at Highland Park gas station

The CPL holder had driven with an unidentified passenger to the Sunoco gas station at Hamilton and Webb, east of the Lodge Freeway. When he parked, two masked men came from the back of the gas station and started firing shots at the car.

The guy who was being shot at drew his own pistol and killed one of his attackers.

The second masked man, described only as a black male wearing all black, was able to get away.

Details have been withheld due to security concerns.

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

If You Break Into Homes, You Will Eventually Find an Armed Homeowner

You should not be surprised by the result. Armed homeowner fires on men trying to break into Detroit home | MLive.com

So these guys are very lucky.

“The homeowner fired a shot as the suspect was entering through the window, and all three fled,” Detroit police said. “Nothing was taken and no injuries were reported.”

Self-defense is a human-right.

How Should a 75-yr-old Defend Himself from Two Young Home Invaders?

If you break into homes, you will eventually find an armed homeowner. The results are easy to predict. 75-year-old man shoots, kills home invasion suspect in Detroit – WXYZ.com

According to police, the homeowner heard a noise at his back door and saw two teenagers break into his home near the kitchen.

The homeowner then fired a few shots, and one of the suspects was hit. He was later found dead in the backyard, according to police.

The 2nd suspect ran like a rabbit.

I suppose they thought it would be easy to steal from this elderly gentleman. They suffered a breakdown of the victim-selection process.

Self-defense is a human-right.

How Should a 91-year-old React to a Robber?

If he’s a concealed carry permit holder, he can defend himself. Police: Man, 91, shoots suspected robber in Eastpointe

“The suspect approached and began to act erratic. (The victim) told him he had a gun, he warned him three or four times and even had the gun pointed at him,” Campbell said. “But the suspect kept coming and pointed an unknown object at the victim.”

The cops found the guy – still acting erratic – with a gunshot wound to the neck.

Currently the police are treating it like a self-defense shooting.

Self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad-Guys 0. (Hat tip to Dana Loesch)

Concealed Carry Stops Carjacking

They wanted his car, but it didn’t work out for them. WATCH: Licensed carrier uses his own gun and his attacker’s gun to stop carjacking – Story | WJBK

It appears that they followed him. When he came out of the store, they tried to get his car, but he grabbed the would-be bad-guy’s gun and drew his own.

The driver in the Challenger fires about 10 shots, with at least one of those bullets possibly hitting the wannabe carjacker before he runs away, and the white van takes off.

Self-defense is a human-right.