Mayhem in Motor City

Violence, beleaguered police in Detroit compel citizens to arm themselves

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Detroit Police Chief James Craig shocked liberal sensibilities earlier this year when he recommended law-abiding citizens in his crime-ridden city arm themselves for protection.

Had David Utash of Clinton Township, Mich., taken the advice, he might not have spent several days in a medically induced coma recovering from a savage beating on a Detroit street corner.

The 54-year-old tree trimmer was attacked by a mob earlier this month after stopping to check on a 10-year-old he accidentally hit with his truck while on his way home from work.

Utash was not at fault in the accident – police say the boy stepped from a curb into the vehicle’s path – but more than a dozen men and teenagers on the street began beating him.

The mob stopped only after Deborah Hughes intervened after seeing the incident unfold from the window of her home.

The 56-year-old retired nurse had a .38-caliber pistol with her.

“I got over there and I told them, ‘Don’t nobody hit him anymore,’ ” Hughes told Detroit’s WXYZ-TV. “I had a gun in my pocket, I was ready to do some damage if I had to. Somebody had to stand up. It was maybe 100 people out here. I was the only one (who stood up).”

Though it’s a sad commentary on American cities that law-abiding citizens should feel the need to carry a gun to safely go about their daily business, we have to agree with Craig, who heads up a chronically understaffed police department in a city desperate for protection.

The outcome for Utash would have likely been much different had he been armed and able to defend himself.

His relatives have started a fund-raising website to help pay his medical costs because he was self-employed and without health coverage. They say they have raised more than $120,000 to help pay for the bill, which is growing at a rate of $17,000 a day.

The boy Utash hit suffered minor injuries and is recovering.

Meanwhile, the mayhem continues.

Less than two weeks ago, a 43-year-old Detroit man shot two people breaking into his home. The male suspect was pronounced dead at a city hospital; his female accomplice was hospitalized with a gunshot wound to the leg.

“We fully support our good Detroiters, good Americans (who) are legally in possession of weapons defending their homes,” Detroit Police Sgt. Michael Woody told The Detroit News. “We will support our citizens in that matter.”

Police officers put their lives on the line to keep us safe. But they’re not always there when some people need them. That’s why citizens have to modify their actions and behavior to stay safer. Being responsibly armed is one way to do that.

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carcraft
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carcraft 04/17/14 - 04:48 am
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Smith and Wesson, there in

Smith and Wesson, there in seconds when Police Officers are minuets away!

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deestafford 04/17/14 - 05:29 am
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Detroit is the worst city in the US and is out of control...

Detroit is the worst city in the US and is out of control. I won't go into the reasons why as we have covered them well here before. It is now destroying over 450 buildings a week trying to clean up the mess and destruction caused by mayhem.

The citizens must arm themselves and be prepared to defend themselves from the thugs who are already armed.

Now Obama is wanting to give the city $100 million to help bail out its pension fund. We have to stand against this! These people elected the corrupt politicians and support the unions who brought the city to its knees and they must suffer the consequences of their actions.

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MTBer 04/17/14 - 06:18 am
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Honesty

Let's be up front about this. This was a savage beating from a MOB of blacks on one white man. Yes, the lady that stood over this man, also black, absolutely saved this man's life.

The fact stands that a man driving down a road struck a poor child (who made a mistake), and like any person with a soul, stopped to render aid. But a MOB descended upon him.

Haven't seen this story, truthfully told, with all the relevant details, in the headlines. Imagine for a moment if a MOB of whites had descended on a black man stopping to render aid...

carcraft
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carcraft 04/17/14 - 06:20 am
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Good joke I heard a while

Good joke I heard a while back. A fellow sitting in a bar moaning the fact his company had sent him to Detroit. A mother patron said cheer up, Detroit ain't that bad. Buy a house in a good area, send your kids to private school, stay out of the city. The first fellow brightens up and thanks the guy for his encouragement and asks about his occupation. The second patron informs him he is a tail gunner on a beer truck!

seenitB4
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seenitB4 04/17/14 - 07:12 am
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Numb to the news

And you think we don't have a problem??

We have constant headlines...we are numb to the mess....some places in Atlanta are almost THAT bad...driving a new expensive car in Buckhead could get you mugged----wearing a big diamond at the store could too...
My hubby just renewed his concealed carry.....& bought a new gun...we have more gated subdiv because of crime..

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Bizkit 04/17/14 - 07:45 am
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See this is no different than

See this is no different than the ranchers in Utah too-anarchy and lawlessness is taking over-cause we have a govt that either doesn't enforce the laws or does so capriciously. A growing attitude is why should I obey the law when no one else does. If laws aren't enforced as mandated then lawlessness will prevail-you reap what you sow.

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Bizkit 04/17/14 - 07:53 am
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Was this 100 black men on one

Was this 100 black men on one white man? Why isn't racism being mentioned or "hate" crime if that is true? Incidents like this creates the paranoia that got Travon Martin killed. Likely more shootings will occur because some white guy remembered this incident and a fear of being beaten they will pull out a gun and blow some innocent dude away. Seems self perpetuating violence, and Obama doesn't do the issue any good by increasing the divide and riling folks up. Why hasn't Obama come out and speak on this issue as he has other racial issues?

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edcushman 04/17/14 - 08:07 am
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' Imagine for a moment if a
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' Imagine for a moment if a MOB of whites had descended on a black man stopping to render aid...'
That would be racism and a hate crime but a mob of blacks beating the white man is Social Justice.

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Riverman1 04/17/14 - 08:37 am
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Keep A Little Gold On Hand

Megatrends. Detroit is the bellwether of the fall of America from within. Mobs, chaos and violence await us. Save enough gold to bribe the border guards as you try to get out.

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justthefacts 04/17/14 - 08:51 am
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Stabbing in front of Hilton in Baltimore

Happening everywhere. I am at this Hilton. Occurred last night. Right next door to Camden Yards.

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t3bledsoe 04/17/14 - 11:11 am
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Editorial

The city of Detriot is in bad fianial shape. If anything they are probably going to have to cut the number of police rather than increase. I don't think that is racial to say that the crime areas are in the low to no income areas. With all due respects, the police NEED TO CONCINTRATE on these ares!!

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 04/17/14 - 11:16 am
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"His relatives have started a fund-raising website to help pay his medical costs because he was self-employed and without health coverage. They say they have raised more than $120,000 to help pay for the bill, which is growing at a rate of $17,000 a day"

With all due respect, "Can any one say Obamacare??!!"

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Butterman 04/17/14 - 11:29 am
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Augusta
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This is your future

t3bledsoe
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t3bledsoe 04/17/14 - 01:10 pm
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"I don't think that is racial to say that the crime areas are in the low to no income areas. With all due respects, the police NEED TO CONCINTRATE on these ares"

MAYBE more social workers and foodstamp and welfare agents!!

edcushman
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edcushman 04/17/14 - 03:22 pm
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"MAYBE more social workers
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"MAYBE more social workers and foodstamp and welfare agents!!"
Yeah, more of what created the problem, way to go.

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jimmymac 04/17/14 - 05:23 pm
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HOLDER
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The mob that beat that poor man can't be racists. Att. General Holder only believes whites can be racists. If you criticize him or Obama you're automatically a racist be default.

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stuaby 04/17/14 - 06:41 pm
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Why is the ACES writing about

Why is the ACES writing about this?

This is a side show. The whole country is slouching towards Gomorrah, and nothing is going to change. ...might as well sell a few more papers in the meantime to the people who get excited by what's going on in the inner city...

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bubbasauce 04/27/14 - 07:17 pm
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Butterman, you are so right!

Butterman, you are so right! Augusta is about ten years or less away from another Detroit! Mark my word.

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