Skip to comments.Detroit Police Chief Warns Criminals: People Will Protect Themselves
Posted on 03/08/2014 8:48:32 AM PST by Kaslin
Detroit Police Chief James Craig wants criminals to know that they shouldnt just be afraid of police anymorethey also need to worry about homeowners who are ready to use a firearm to protect themselves.
A lot of Detroiters are fed up, he said in a recent interview with WDIV-TV. Theyre tired and theyve been dealing with this epidemic of violence. Theyre afraid and they have a right to protect themselves.
After all, when seconds count, police are only minutes away, right?
If you are confronted with an immediate threat to your safety, youre not going to have time to dial 911, Craig said. It becomes an issue of, the threat is here, I have to respond to the threat.
However, Craig was careful to say that citizens must exercise common sense. In other words, there needs to be a true threat coming at you and you cant chase someone down the street. But he wants would-be criminals to know that they need to worry about a few things. Theyve got to worry about a police department that is going to aggressively find you when you commit an act of violence. And you got to also worry about the good Detroiters who are not going to put up with the violence.
Well, not after Michigan disarms you, but you know...
Michigan has a more pro-2nd amendment policy/laws than Texas does.
How did this guy get through the liberal screening process?
I assume you mean the Chief, usually they are appointed and serve at the pleasure of the Mayor or City council. Could he be elected?
An urban police chief with common sense - something you don’t hear about very often these days.
Help the police are yourself.
Detroit is under the control of a State appointed manager now, Mayor and City Clowncell are powerless figureheads.
Thanks, explains a lot.
Imagine, a chief of police in a Democratic run city with a large minority population giving, in essence, the OK for its citizens to defend themselves with a weapon against the bad guys. Looks like someone from the DNC is going to have to go to Detroit to “straighten” Chief Craig’s line of thinking.
The last time I was in Detroit, I carried concealed my Taurus PT709 Slim. It’s about time Detroit gets It’s act together about self defense in the City.
It would be cool if we patriots could contact this chief and encourage him for speaking the truth, which goes against the grain of every other police chief in all the other cities. Sheriff David Clarke, Milwaukee, also has encouraged city residents to buy a gun and learn to shoot.
It must be a rather chilling message to a thug.
They’ve long since learned that they can throw their hands up, surrender to a cop and be back out on the street in a couple of days. The citizens aren’t constrained by many of those pesky rules.
Privations have a way of bringing sense back. When you obviously can’t afford to police the whole city, the sheriff will back the 2nd amendment.
Well if he’s a cowboy we need more cowboys.
Its really amazing to see Detroit residents praising police these days. It shifts the whole dynamic.
Craig has ended the idiotic “virtual precincts” which were nothing but 9 to 5 precincts that were overstaffed during low crime hours and closed during the high crime hours.
He’s also threatened to criminally charge dispatchers who lie to callers. This comes after a couple of cases where people were murdered while waiting for police who were never even dispatched.
He’s working on getting the police chopper into the air as well. Its paid for but has never been used. The city was supposed to pay for maintenance and fuel and the state police were to do the flying. The chopper went immediately into storage and the operating money disappeared.
He also cut the mayor’s security detail from 20 officers to 6.
We are actually moving towards repealing several out dated gun laws that restrict law abiding gun owners.
And we are mostly a red state, with the exception of a few cloisters of lefties.
Senate, house and state house are republican held.
Thanks for the ping/posts; article post. HOORAY James Craig! HOORAY armed citizens!
Now, about them suit & tie looters, them elite thieves the ones confiscating your money legally and spreading it around the U.S.A. - United Socialists of America
BIG GOVERNMENT IS CRONY $OCIALISM. $ocialism Is Legal Plunder - Bastiat
“The chopper went immediately into storage and the operating money disappeared.”
It’s worth noting that the greatest criminal in all of Michigan history was a politician and capped his career with the looting of Detroit as mayor.
Police are not automatic fiends. They too can choose whether to be wise or foolish.
We even have open carry in the state capitol building.
How come the NRA hasn’t invited this guy to speak at a convention?
I live in the city itself..Detroit. This guy is the real deal. We’ve had 5 incidents in the last 2 weeks where the thugs got shot and killed by homeowners..the police now literally chuckle about it. Patrol cars are everywhere, they are hitting 35 dope houses a week. The Chief is getting death threats from the dealers. But, he was hired by the emergency manager, it’ll be interesting to see when and if the new Mayor gets his power back, he replaces and appoints his “own” chief.
Flush times brought unions and with them, the ability to hide from discipline. And so police became mediocre at best. Gone was the Officer Friendly of old.
Privations have forced some sense on the situation.
The emergency manager actually seems to have sense.
After this breath of fresh air, will the people put up with stink again? I hope not!
Shhh,,,don’t tell the liberals in Lansing.
oh yes...”my Friend Wildey is comming to town”
Basalt, did you notice...
IMHO he is cleaning House. 3 Cops, all bad, up on charges and will be off the force, this all happened in the last 2 weeks or so.
One on Domestic Charges, One on Rape and the other on I think $ issues. What say you?
Detroit Gun Works is also selling locally made parts and accessories in Detroit.
I was born and raised in Michigan and will be completely retiring in a couple of years. I have a home up north and hope that stupid law about registering your handguns with the local police department (green card) is flushed. That law is why I have yet to move back home (also I have two children in college down here in VA).
In the end, I will move back with or without the repeal and just become an immediate criminal because I will never register a weapon with any government agency.
Informative update, thanks.
in January, 2 undercover officers saw a car just dart out in to traffic, coming out of a topless bar. Cops pulled the car over, and inside was newly elected councilman named Cushingberry, real first class idiot..they found open booze and weed in the car, they were gonna lock him up. Suddenly, an “old school Sargent pulls up, and says to cut em loose with just a minor traffic ticket. The new chief hit the roof, and suspended the sarg. Then, the officers were “mysteriously” sent to the wrong courtroom for the traffic tickets, so it got dismissed. The Chief said, “thats too bad”, and promptly re-instated the charges..lol. There’s def a tug of war goin on between this guy and that status quo...
I’ve read about this Chief before, and he seems like a good one. He wants people to be unafraid to defend themselves (therefore unhesitant), and I’d like to see a lot more like him.
That's my childhood hometown. I am so proud. I want to move back soon.
I was raised in Michigan and am also planning to move back in the next year or two.
i think this chief likes my tagline. or admits that detroiters do.
That has been made much easier, you get the permit, fill it out and send it in. The length of rifles and shotguns is the next law to go, and constitutional carry, hopefully will be in the next few years.