Now that’s what I call Community Policing

Yet one more piece of evidence that Ypsilanti is fast becoming a Libertarian utopia… Last night, during a police chase through the city, a 52 year old bystander, living on the 600 block of Martin Place, decided to help out by opening fire on the passing car. The following comes from

…Officers located a loaded .357-Ruger on the porch, the (police) log said. The man – who said he was only trying to help – had a blood alcohol level of 0.19, the log said….

Yes, it was a terribly stupid act, and I don’t condone it by any means, but, if it’s one of our regular commenters, I say we take up a collection for bail… I’ve said before that I intend this site to be “a friend to the friendless,” and I certainly mean that. Everyone of us… even the most paranoid of those clutching to their Bibles and guns… deserves someone.

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  1. Posted August 31, 2009 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    In other upsetting news, a local man was killed by an Amtrack train in Ypsi this weekend. Circumstantial evidence seems to indicate that he was struck from behind while waling the tracks, listening to his ipod.

  2. Posted August 31, 2009 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

    Both of these incidents took place on and near my street. It’s been an exciting week!

  3. dragon
    Posted September 1, 2009 at 12:14 am | Permalink

    From the Urban Dictionary

    1. porch swinging liquor pig
    noun. This is used to descibe a drunkard who does nothing all day but sit around and consume alcholic beverages while stroking handgun and listening to police scanner. It also helps if said person is a fat bastard.

    2. Libertarian
    noun. See ‘porch swinging liquor pig’.

  4. Posted September 1, 2009 at 6:50 am | Permalink

    My intent wasn’t necessarily to suggest that the Libertarians in the audience are porch-sitting, gun-stroking liquor pigs. To be honest, I like some of their ideas (much more so than those of their Republican counterparts) and appreciate their engaging on this site. It’s just that I can really picture them loving to have a chance like this to get involved in “keeping the peace” through superior fire power.

  5. Brackinald Achery
    Posted September 1, 2009 at 7:32 am | Permalink

    Funny how when liberal utopias collapse under the weight of their own unsound policies, you call them libertarian utopias.

  6. Posted September 1, 2009 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    The idiot missed. Shoulda sobered up and used a shotgun.

    That’s what happens when you let civilians drive cars and sell stereos.

  7. dp in exile
    Posted September 1, 2009 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    In honor of my pending return from exile, I’ll contribute $50 to the fund. Have you had any other pledges yet, Mark?

  8. Mike
    Posted September 1, 2009 at 9:19 am | Permalink

    I wouldn’t say that we’ve ever lived in a liberal utopia. Something about the phrase “libertarian utopia” does ring true though. The thought of people, unencumbered by laws, doling out frontier justice. Gives some folks boners.

  9. Steve Topping
    Posted September 1, 2009 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    In the future, when we have heavily armed members of Americorps on every corner, I bet shit like this won’t happen.

  10. John Doe #1
    Posted September 1, 2009 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    Americorp? Really? Do you know what Americorp is ?

    “AmeriCorps members address critical needs in communities all across America. As an AmeriCorps member, you can:

    Tutor and mentor disadvantaged youth
    Fight illiteracy
    Improve health services
    Build affordable housing
    Teach computer skills
    Clean parks and streams
    Manage or operate after-school programs
    Help communities respond to disasters
    Build organizational capacity”

    There is no mention of Americorp members being highly armed rednecks standing on the street corners waiting for the opportunity to shoot anyone who makes a scene.

  11. Curt Waugh
    Posted September 1, 2009 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    John Doe #1? Really? Do you know what Sarcasm is ?

  12. Andy C
    Posted September 1, 2009 at 7:03 pm | Permalink

    Steve funny. John not.

  13. Posted September 1, 2009 at 9:04 pm | Permalink

    John, Steve’s comment was in response to another post, which was about a ridiculous notion held by some Republicans that Obama is looking to turn AmeriCorp volunteers into his own private domestic army. Just scroll back a few posts and you’ll see it.

  14. Posted September 1, 2009 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    A friend of mine told me earlier that his neighbors son was the guy the cops were chasing. He stole a TV from Kmart and thought that if he got home they couldn’t arrest him. Dumb on sooooo many levels if it’s true.

  15. Posted September 1, 2009 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    That’s a riot. I like the idea that there’s a home base where you’re invincible.

  16. Dave French
    Posted September 3, 2009 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    Let’s see. A police chase, alcohol and firearms. What could possibly go wrong?

  17. Mike
    Posted September 3, 2009 at 10:22 am | Permalink

    So, did we ever determine whether or not it was one of us – a commenter on this site – who did the shooting? Was it Ytown? He’s been silent for this past week.

  18. John on Forest
    Posted September 3, 2009 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    I got a really good yard job by the perpetrator of the chase and all the sheriff’s cars: Them went right between my house and the house next door, 13 inches from my front porch.

  19. Brackinald Achery
    Posted September 3, 2009 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    I wonder which did more damage to private property and posed the greatest risk to bystanders: the stray bullet or all the cop cars.

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