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They Don’t Dial 911: Detroit Residents Privatize Law Enforcement

February 12, 2012
William Grigg, Republic Magazine

Since police officers have no legal or civil duty to aid an individual citizen, dialing 911 is a pointless exercise – a principle well-understood by Detroit residents, an increasing number of whom have privatized law enforcement amid plunging municipal budgets and rising violent crime.

In an interview with, 73-year-old Julia Brown, who has called Detroit her home since the 1950s, recalls that the last time she bothered to call 911 to report a burglary, “they didn’t show up until the next day.” The following day she applied for a handgun permit.

“I don’t intend to be one of their victims,” said Brown, referring to the packs of armed thugs who are burglarizing her neighborhood. “I’m planning on taking one out.”

When a Detroit resident calls for police assistance, odds are they won’t bother to respond. However, things can go much worse when the police actually show up – as they did late in the evening of May 17, 2010, at the home of 7-year-old Aiyana Jones. The Detroit SWAT team – which starred in its own “reality TV” program, and was being featured on a cable program called “The First 48” – was seeking a homicide suspect.

Rather than surrounding the home and quietly waiting to arrest the suspect outside, the SWAT team — which had a cable TV crew embedded with it — chose to play to the cameras by staging a  “dynamic entry” that involved flinging a “flash-bang” grenade into the living room where Aiyana was sleeping, then charging in with fingers on the trigger of their assault rifles. Aiyana was severely burned and then shot to death.

None of the people responsible for that criminal homicide has ever been charged with a crime, owing to the fact that they have a government license to commit bloody mayhem. Private citizens who employ much less drastic means to deal with actual crime, on the other hand, can expect to be severely punished.

And now… the rest of the story. …..

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