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(SFGate)   After police claim they are too busy to help, man chases and catches suspect using pepper spray, stun gun, and fishing net   ( divider line
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10337 clicks; posted to Main » on 25 Jun 2002 at 7:58 AM (15 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2002-06-25 12:23:56 PM  
I think all secretaries should have guns.
2002-06-25 12:26:17 PM  
I hope he gave the homeless guy some $ for the help.

Also, out in Winnipeg there was some piece of shiat police chief named Cosales (I think) who wanted to have a woman charged after she fought off two robbers with a sword. That just tells you how farked the viewpoint is.

Its a matter of you shouldn't have to rely on the police if they are not reliable. If such is the case I think it is your duty as a citizen to help ensure that the land is a little more safe. Unfortunately, this runs into the problem of if you get someone who is overexcitable and does something without sufficient evidence or to the wrong person...but that isn't anything a little killing won't help keep under wraps.
2002-06-25 12:30:34 PM  
In my California city the police response time to a 911 call is listed as 25 minutes.
In other words after the danger passes they will show up and take a report.
2002-06-25 12:32:36 PM  
It sounds like we need more police. It also sounds like you can pretty much steal whatever the hell you like as you don't do it violently. When I was in college, I worked at this small independent retail store... one morning I got there and the front door was unlocked, the safe was empty. The receipts from the previous day showed $4800 in sales. I called the cops. They came, looked around, and said "Yep, looks like someone stole the money." I said, "Aren't you going to check for fingerprints on the safe or something?" and the cop said, "Yeah, I could, but it's not like we're going to check them or anything. "
2002-06-25 12:38:41 PM  
"I think that article was posted last week. it was about some people breaking into someones garage and they called 911 but they said they were to busy. so the guy called back and told them to send someone now becuase he just shot them all."

2002-06-25 12:49:25 PM  
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2002-06-25 12:49:53 PM  
looks like Ctenidae beat me to the porno tagline:
"I'm definitely getting action now," said Tom Van Lokeren. "But I wouldn't be getting any action without my citizen's arrest."

Hot Vigilante/Amateur action!
2002-06-25 12:56:36 PM  
That is BullShiet!
What about the officers who DID have the time to go close the bars from showing the damn Soccer games? couldn't they have used their time to chase down this wrongdooer????

What the Fark?!? that sucksass!
2002-06-25 01:02:25 PM  
forgot the croquet mallet.....
2002-06-25 01:06:36 PM  
I saw that episode on Jackass where he tried the normal tazer and the gun tazer along with the mace, he said the mace was the worst of all.
I've never been stunned, I think I'd have to try it out myself so I don't get any ideas that it's an ultimate weapon. Kinda like fighting, when you get hit you know which moves are more effective.
2002-06-25 01:06:51 PM  
Hairy Possibly. It's not my story to tell really, as I heard it from someone else.
2002-06-25 01:11:27 PM  
"Some homeless guy with one leg in a wheelchair sticks out his leg and almost trips him up," said Paul Van Lokeren, "Another guy bodychecks him into a liquor store door."

Cool. Forget the Justice League of America...even better than Ben Stiller's Mystery Men...I can now picture these two homeless guys, the tax accountant, and his nephew as a sort of superhero team roaming the streets of San Francisco and fighting crime!!!

All they need now to fill out the team with more unsuspecting "heroes" would be to have an obese security guard and maybe a transsexual dominatrix from the Castro District.

Then again, since it is San Francisco, probably the most unlikely crimefighter would be to have an _actual_ SFPD officer on the team.

2002-06-25 01:43:38 PM  
"You don't put yourself in harm's way because you don't like the way the police handled it. What if this guy did have a gun -- and you only have net," Dudley said.

Yeah, what if homeless criminals do have guns, Einstein? What does the average person do? Wet their pants, most likely -- since a normal, law abiding citizen can neither carry a weapon in most large cities nor depend on the police to do anything but write a report after a crime has been committed. Which is why private citizens need to be able to defend themselves. Here's a friggin' news flash, Deputy Fife: You don't actually need to go looking for trouble to get in it. And since the cops admit they can't protect the citizenry, then it beomes the citizen's duty to protect themselves.

Anyway, this has nothing to do with an accountant and everything to do with why I'd rather do some jail time for carrying a gun illegally instead of being maimed or killed by an armed bum with a stolen pistol.
2002-06-25 02:14:37 PM  
I was sitting on damp grass playing with a stun wand once a long time ago. I was zapping holes in soda cans when I had the brilliant idea to hold the can in my hand. Well, long story short, you can actually launch yourself about 4 feet into the air just squeezing your butt cheeks together.

Would I do that again? Yeah, for money.
2002-06-25 02:29:06 PM  
I brought the net...

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2002-06-25 02:30:44 PM  
Eekmale, I'll give you a dollar to do it again. I hope you got that on video.
2002-06-25 02:40:48 PM  
It infuriates me to no end when citizens get frowned upon for acting like citizens rather than wards of the state.
2002-06-25 04:08:19 PM  
This would have been a great video for FRONT 242 song "headhunter". Love the part about the net.

>>>old skool techno heads will know this one<<<


Today he has no means, he's alone and anonymous
But written in his cells he has got the marks og the genius
I'm looking for this man to sell him to other men
To sell him to other men at ten times the price at least
I'm looking for this man who knows the rules of the game
Who's able to forget them to realize my aim
I'm looking for this man to make us rich and famous

One - You lock the target
Two - You bait the line
Three- You slowly spread the net
And four - You catch the man
2002-06-25 05:10:50 PM  
Well, everyones stun gun story is funnier than mine.

I bought one once but had to try it out first, damn thing hurt.

Store clerk and customers thought I was crazy though.

Not crazy, took the clerk's word about effective when I bought my 44 mag.
2002-06-25 05:22:08 PM  
"You don't put yourself in harm's way because you don't like the way the police handled it. What if this guy did have a gun -- and you only have net,"
Dudley said. "We certainly don't encourage the public to make their own arrest.
That's our job."

Capt. Dudley I mean this sincerely and from the bottom of my heart: Fark you!
2002-06-26 12:02:30 AM  
Anyone curious about how Mace or a stun-gun feels should go through basic training to be a CO (Prisoin/Jail guard). To ensure you don't misuse weapons, they mace and shock you so you are aware of how painful it is.
2002-06-26 11:05:10 AM  
"You don't put yourself in harm's way because you don't like the way the police handled it. What if this guy did have a gun -- and you only have net," Dudley said. "We certainly don't encourage the public to make their own arrest.

That's our job."

Then do your f'n job pigs.
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