Vigilantism is illegal, and it's people like this who give comic book fans a bad name. Every one of these twits needs to at least be charged with impeding a police officer.
They rank right up there with "psychics"/"paranormal investigators" on the list of things that get my blood boiling.
Citizens have the right to arrest anyone they see in the act of committing a crime. Also, how can you impede a police officer when they are barely around thanks to budget cuts? Its goofy and probably really stupid, but there are worse things people are doing like I don't know like people actually committing crime that they get away with due to small police forces and apathy.
Originally posted by the articleLocal law enforcement officers tolerate them as neighborhood watchers, but are not enthused. Jeff Kappel of the Seattle police department told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that their crime-fighting sometimes falls short of effective when they refuse to reveal their identity.
Well, of course he can't reveal his identity! If he does, criminals will target his loved ones. Superhero 101.
I actually followed up on this, having heard of the Shadow Hare in Cincinatti some years ago. There's an online manual which details the legalities of a citizen's arrest and first responder techniques, along with notes on how to make a get-up that won't get you killed, and what's freaky is some of the info is actually in NFPA textbooks. Fortunately I didn't see listing on getting a scanner from Radio Shack and setting it to intercept emergency frequencies.
For the most part they just go to food drives, soup kitchens, and other assorted charitable volunteering events while dressed up, which is noble if a little weird. If you google this stuff, which I refuse to link to, you'll find a rather large community, perhaps even some superheroes around you. Suffice to say I e-mailed the group in DC out of curiousity...
"Laugh and the world laughs with you. Frown and the world laughs at you." -Me.
Perhaps you've heard of "Phoenix Jones," the "superhero" who patrols the streets of Seattle in a mask and cape, armed with only his wits and a stun gun? Yeah, he got his nose broken by two actual criminals.
At least it wasn't the aforementioned stabbing episode from "Kick-Ass".
"This is the worst kind of discrimination - the kind against me!"
Originally posted by ABC NewsDozens of orphanages and child welfare centers across the country have reported receiving backpacks in the past few weeks, even cash from somebody claiming to be Naoto Date, the main character of 1960s comic "Tiger Mask."
Originally posted by Masatoshi KikuchiThis really helps me out because I really need the supplies. I imagine this person to have a big heart.
Originally posted by ABC NewsAll the attention given to "Tiger Mask" seems to have inspired other Japanese superheroes as well. A facility in southwest Japan reported receiving gifts from folk-hero Momotaro. Boxes of rice dumplings, a special treat prominently featured in the folk story, were left behind.
Now this is what I'm talking about.
"Tattoos are the mullets of the aughts." - Mike Naimark