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The State of Michigan is a little less safe tonight as one of its superheroes is behind bars. BeeSting, the protector of Sterling Heights and member of the super group "The Michigan Protectors" was arrested on trumped up charges of pulling a gun on someone.

Don't believe the mainstream media reports about a gun being fired recklessly or the intimation that he is merely some crank. Maybe in your world supergroups are simply summer blockbuster fodder, but Michigan faces some real threats from its own supervillain The Nerd (aka, Governor Rick Snyder). The arrest of another superhero in Petoskey and other event points to a greater plan to seize control of the state.

In addition to the arrest of BeeSting there wasthe May 11th report of the arrest of Petoskey Batman on trumped up charges of trespassing and possessing dangerous weapons (2nd Amendment violation, anyone?).

The arrest of BeeSting comes just before the state board of canvassers rejected a petition with over 200,000 signatures that would undo Governor Snyder's anti-democratic Emergency Financial Manager law. That law allows Snyder to appoint henchmen to run cities, and an early version of the law allowed private corporations to take over cities. The emergency financial manager law is part of Snyder's plan to take over the entire state.

Why would a supervillian like The Nerd worry about such small level vigilantism, especially when his party controls all three branches of state government? Simply because true to his campaign persona, The Nerd fears the awesome power of superheroes. That was put on display with the RoboCop Statue and Snyder's backing down in appointing an Emergency Financial Manager in Detroit.

In 2011 there was a grassroots effort to raise $50,000 to build a RoboCop statue in Detroit after Mayor Bing rejected the idea from a Twitter follower. The citizen campaign was backed by Peter Weller, who portrayed the Super Cop.

Addressing the Mayor and citizens of Detroit, Weller called on the people to stand behind RoboCop and to fight The Nerd.

“Now the people of Detroit and Robocop still have many challenges to face: rampant unemployment, degradation of our nation’s manufacturing base, and of course those corporate bitches at OCP led by their diabolical new CEO, Rick Snyder.
With the fear of RoboCop put in him, Synder backed down and was forced to negotiate with the rightful elected leaders of Detroit and avoid an emergency financial manger in the state's largest city.

While Detroit is spared, many more cities are within The Nerd's sights. Notably BeeSting protected Sterling Heights, which has cut work hours for non-emergency personnel and has already privatized jail services. The already weakened city is a prime takeover candidate.

The remaining six members of the Michigan Protectors face challenges. They protect Michigan's largest cities, and two of them are already fighting under the tyranny of emergency financial managers.

The Animal from Midland
Venge from Lansing
Sentinel from Grand Rapids
Checkmate from Flint (Already under emergency financial manger control)
RedJacket from Flint (Already under emergency financial manger control)
Void from Midland

Profiles of these superheros and their affiliates in Chicago can be found here.

We must stand with the Michigan Protectors.  They are the heroes Michigan deserves, but not the one it needs right now. Michigan will hunt them, because they can take it. Because they're not our hero. They're silent guardians. Watchful protectors. Dark Knights.

Originally posted to PhilipMoon on Fri Apr 27, 2012 at 01:39 PM PDT.

Also republished by The Rebel Alliance.

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