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#1 Posted on
This is so much cooler than the Guardian Angels ever were. Plus he's got a TEAM Click Here (huffingtonpost.com)
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#2 Posted on
*facepalm*

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.





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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.00
    Originally posted by Mike Zeidler
    *facepalm*

    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.
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Since: 2.1.02
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#4 Posted on
    Originally posted by the article
    Local 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.
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.40
Wait, hasn't this guy seen Kick-Ass? Doesn't he know that when a guy dons a costume to fight crime, he tends to get...you know...stabbed?




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StingArmy
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Since: 3.5.03
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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.08

    With names like "Catastrophe," "Thunder 88" and even "No Name," they are a part of the Rain City Superhero Movement, a group of nine disguised defenders dedicated to ridding the city of crime.

That acronym made me giggle a little. =)

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#7 Posted on
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...



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#8 Posted on
HOLY CRAP!

I know who Phantom Zero is.

CC
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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.80
To the surprise of roughly no one, the superhero gig hasn't come without a few...mishaps.

Real-Life 'Superhero' Gets Nose Broken by Real-Life Criminals


    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".




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Mike Zeidler
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Since: 27.6.02

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#10 Posted on
    Originally posted by A Police Spokesman
    Don't insert yourself into these situations.
    If you see something, call 911.


What happens when one of these "superheroes" decides to go the way of Frank Castle, instead-of The Green Hornet or Kick-Ass?

How these people are not considered terrorists is beyond me.


(edited by Mike Zeidler on 12.1.11 0656)
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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.92
    Originally posted by Mike Zeidler
      Originally posted by A Police Spokesman
      Don't insert yourself into these situations.
      If you see something, call 911.


    What happens when one of these "superheroes" decides to go the way of Frank Castle, instead-of The Green Hornet or Kick-Ass? How are these people not considered terrorists?



He becomes the NRA spokesperson and squirms his way in mattering in the 2012 elections. Also, a broken nose is part of the job.
StingArmy
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Since: 3.5.03
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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.08
I swear, this story (and this thread especially) sounds like it's right out of this season of Smallville (Smallville Wiki). I love it!

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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 10.00
That looks like he's patrolling the U-district. I'm pretty sure that's the comic shop just off the Ave.

Let's see, drunk college kids, bad drug problem, street kids, night time gang problem... a guy walking around in a costume might actually deter some crime if he doesn't get his ass shot.

Mike Zeidler
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#14 Posted on
From Japan, a much better take on "Superhero Helps Out" http://abcn.ws/ij0SiK
    Originally posted by ABC News
    Dozens 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 Kikuchi
    This really helps me out because I really need the supplies. I imagine this person to have a big heart.

    Originally posted by ABC News
    All 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.



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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.16
This is still my favorite urban superhero story. http://nymag.com/nymetro/news/people/columns/intelligencer/10359/



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