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Detroit Police Chief Warns Criminals: People Will Protect Themselves
Townhall.com ^ | March 8, 2014 | Leah Barkoukis

Posted on 03/08/2014 8:48:32 AM PST by Kaslin

Detroit Police Chief James Craig wants criminals to know that they shouldn’t just be afraid of police anymore—they 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. “They’re tired and they’ve been dealing with this epidemic of violence. They’re 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, you’re 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 can’t chase someone down the street. But he wants would-be criminals to know that they need to worry about a few things. “They’ve 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.”


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: banglist; detroit; guns; police; secondamendment; selfdefense

1 posted on 03/08/2014 8:48:32 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Well, not after Michigan disarms you, but you know...


2 posted on 03/08/2014 8:49:29 AM PST by Tzimisce
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To: Tzimisce

Michigan has a more pro-2nd amendment policy/laws than Texas does.


3 posted on 03/08/2014 8:54:19 AM PST by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: Kaslin

How did this guy get through the liberal screening process?


4 posted on 03/08/2014 9:00:52 AM PST by PLMerite
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To: PLMerite
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?

5 posted on 03/08/2014 9:06:24 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Kaslin

An urban police chief with common sense - something you don’t hear about very often these days.


6 posted on 03/08/2014 9:07:46 AM PST by dainbramaged
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To: Kaslin

Help the police are yourself.


7 posted on 03/08/2014 9:11:00 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: PLMerite
How did this guy get through the liberal screening process?

He didn't start out that way. He was a staunch anti-gun LEO in California. Then he moved to Maine and saw a different side. Now he seems to understand, and has truly changed his ways, IMHO. I'm sure he is still liberal in all other ways. But there's always hope!
8 posted on 03/08/2014 9:11:07 AM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: PLMerite; All

Detroit is under the control of a State appointed manager now, Mayor and City Clowncell are powerless figureheads.


9 posted on 03/08/2014 9:12:09 AM PST by Beagle8U (Unions are an Affirmative Action program for Slackers! .)
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To: PLMerite
It's an interesting story for him:

James Craig LinkedIn
10 posted on 03/08/2014 9:12:52 AM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Beagle8U

Thanks, explains a lot.


11 posted on 03/08/2014 9:16:09 AM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: Kaslin
WOW!..a police chief, that gets "it"; instead of shootin'
dogs/caged Parakeets, investigate crimes/criminals..
free the lawful citizenry to protect their stuff.

12 posted on 03/08/2014 9:17:14 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: Kaslin

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.


13 posted on 03/08/2014 9:20:17 AM PST by dowcaet
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To: Kaslin

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.


14 posted on 03/08/2014 9:21:59 AM PST by gigster (Cogito, Ergo, Ronaldus Magnus Conservatus)
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To: Kaslin

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.


15 posted on 03/08/2014 9:27:21 AM PST by rabidralph
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
Chief Craig is warning criminals that they're on their own.

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Michigan legislative action thread
16 posted on 03/08/2014 9:31:41 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Kaslin

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.


17 posted on 03/08/2014 9:38:17 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Kaslin

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.


18 posted on 03/08/2014 9:39:33 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: skinkinthegrass
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19 posted on 03/08/2014 9:39:44 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: rabidralph

Well if he’s a cowboy we need more cowboys.


20 posted on 03/08/2014 9:40:22 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

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.


21 posted on 03/08/2014 9:53:25 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Tzimisce
Michigan is a legal carry state, it is a constitution thing.

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.

22 posted on 03/08/2014 10:14:25 AM PST by exnavy (Fish or cut bait ...Got ammo, Godspeed!)
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To: cripplecreek; Kaslin; All

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

http://bastiat.org/en/the_law.html#SECTION_G019

“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.


23 posted on 03/08/2014 10:18:43 AM PST by PGalt
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To: cripplecreek

Police are not automatic fiends. They too can choose whether to be wise or foolish.


24 posted on 03/08/2014 10:25:27 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: exnavy

We even have open carry in the state capitol building.


25 posted on 03/08/2014 10:26:38 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
Police are not automatic fiends. They too can choose whether to be wise or foolish.

Exactly. The fact that they have been operating with zero discipline for years didn't help.
26 posted on 03/08/2014 10:31:13 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: rabidralph

How come the NRA hasn’t invited this guy to speak at a convention?


27 posted on 03/08/2014 10:34:47 AM PST by Kartographer ("We mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.")
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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.


28 posted on 03/08/2014 10:37:22 AM PST by basalt
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To: cripplecreek

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.


29 posted on 03/08/2014 10:44:02 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: basalt

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!


30 posted on 03/08/2014 10:45:15 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: basalt

Shhh,,,don’t tell the liberals in Lansing.


31 posted on 03/08/2014 10:59:15 AM PST by gr8eman (But thermodynamics is just a social construct, created by the ruling white power structure)
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To: cripplecreek

oh yes...”my Friend Wildey is comming to town”

http://www.wildeyguns.com/wildey.html


32 posted on 03/08/2014 10:59:24 AM PST by Bottom_Gun (Crush depth dummy - proud NRA member & Certified Instructor)
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To: basalt
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.

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?

33 posted on 03/08/2014 11:05:43 AM PST by taildragger (The E-GOP won't know what hit them, The Party of Reagan is almost here, hang tight folks....)
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To: Bottom_Gun

Detroit Gun Works is also selling locally made parts and accessories in Detroit.

http://www.doubleactionsales.com/Detroit-Gun-Works-s/224.htm


34 posted on 03/08/2014 11:08:54 AM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Kaslin
Good stuff Kas..... 'Detroit 300' -volunteers? - vigilantes? ...
35 posted on 03/08/2014 11:29:25 AM PST by virgil283 (When the sun spins, the cross appears, and the skies burn red)
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To: exnavy
We are actually moving towards repealing several out dated gun laws that restrict law abiding gun owners.

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.

36 posted on 03/08/2014 1:58:09 PM PST by OldMissileer
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To: basalt

Informative update, thanks.


37 posted on 03/08/2014 2:16:55 PM PST by tomkat (3%+1)
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To: OldMissileer
Wisdom = never register a weapon with any government agency


 

38 posted on 03/08/2014 2:25:24 PM PST by tomkat (3%+1)
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To: taildragger

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...


39 posted on 03/08/2014 3:01:36 PM PST by basalt
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To: Kaslin

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.


40 posted on 03/08/2014 3:05:08 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (H.L. Mencken: "The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule.")
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To: Beagle8U
Michigan has a more pro-2nd amendment policy/laws than Texas does.

That's my childhood hometown. I am so proud. I want to move back soon.

41 posted on 03/08/2014 4:05:46 PM PST by MarMema ("If Americans really wanted Obamacare, you wouldn't need a law to make them buy it." Ted Cruz)
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To: OldMissileer

I was raised in Michigan and am also planning to move back in the next year or two.


42 posted on 03/08/2014 4:12:32 PM PST by MarMema ("If Americans really wanted Obamacare, you wouldn't need a law to make them buy it." Ted Cruz)
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To: Kaslin

i think this chief likes my tagline. or admits that detroiters do.


43 posted on 03/08/2014 6:08:40 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: OldMissileer

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.


44 posted on 03/09/2014 3:34:43 AM PDT by exnavy (Fish or cut bait ...Got ammo, Godspeed!)
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