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  •  calling the cops is their job (0+ / 0-)

    1) they have tools i don't.

    2) they have guns

    3) they have legal authority I don't

    4) They have lots of cops.

    5) they are younger, stronger, faster, better trained then I am.

    6) They put up big ads saying"If you see something, say something".

    7) If i go see the "Mayor", he figures out what to do, and he has a 'posse'.

    So, yeah, I'm criticizing taplin.

    •  I'm with you on calling the cops, but... (0+ / 0-)'s what you originally wrote (emphasis added):

      Taplin could call 911, and then go knock on a few doors and suggest to people "There's a crazy guy outside, call the cops and lets get a few guys to go outside and deal with him"
      Don't criticize him on that second point--"lets get a few guys to go outside and deal with him"--if you won't do that yourself.

      I'm a big, strong, reasonably healthy guy, and I won't take it upon myself to go "deal with" some random stranger who may or may not be mentally disturbed and may or may not be armed; I won't fault anyone on that point.

      Now, there have been times when I've gone to other people and said, "hey, there's a guy over there acting pretty strangely; you might not want to go over that way," or something similar.  Hindsight is always 20/20, but I wish someone had said that to the parents/kids at that birthday party.

      The word "parent" is supposed to be a VERB, people...

      by wesmorgan1 on Sun Sep 08, 2013 at 11:46:16 AM PDT

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      •  all I have to do is go see kevin (0+ / 0-)

        the "Mayor of the alley", let him stick his head out, and he'll get his brother, his nephew, 5 of the guys down the block, 2 of the neighbors, and instant posse.

        Now as I live in a primarily african american neighborhood,
        3-9 black men aged 22-50 going and making it very clear
        to a crackhead or a couple of thieves that their presence is not welcome is the neighborhood social network operating.

        Me going out there as a non black person, well,

        How many people would call that a racial incident?
        starting with the original diarist?

        I call the cops, I call the neighbors, I chill out past that.

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