Deadly warning for Detroit thugs: Police chief cheers on armed citizens

Detroit’s police chief knows 911 can be too late.

That’s why he wants criminals to be as worried about armed citizens as they are about police.

jamescraig0308newer“The message should be that people are going to protect themselves,” Police Chief James Craig told WDIV-TV reporter Rob Meloni in an interview broadcast Friday. “They’re tired … they’re afraid, and they have a right to protect themselves.”

In a city that’s become a byword for failed municipal government, the chief said law-abiding citizens should be ready to act on their own defend their lives and families.

In two instances this week, Detroit residents were forced to used deadly force to protect themselves against criminals, WDIV reported: a woman who had a concealed carry permit shot and killed a man attempting to carjack her vehicle, while a homeowner shot to death a teenager who was trying to break into his home.

Those incidents were the news peg for the WDIV interview, but Craig is known nationally as one of the few big-city police chiefs who vocally advocates an armed citizenry as a crime-fighting tool. When it’s crunch time, he said, self-defense can be the only option.

“If you are confronted with an immediate threat to your safety, you’re not going to have time to dial 911,” Craig said. “It becomes an issue of, ‘the threat is here, I have to respond to the threat.’”

And he said criminals or potential criminals should keep two things in mind.

“Suspects in Detroit need to worry about a couple of things,” Craig said. “They’ve got to worry about a police department that is going to aggressively find you when you commit and act of violence. And you got to also worry about the good Detroiters who are not going to put up with the violence.”

Even after decades of liberal mismanagement, there’s still common sense left in Detroit. Check out Craig’s interview here.

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Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].

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14 thoughts on “Deadly warning for Detroit thugs: Police chief cheers on armed citizens

  1. James Finlay says:

    Good job police chief James Craig! We need more peace officers like you.

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  3. Jose CUnha says:

    …the media could not possible be more biased! Listen to the intro. “A shooting gallery inside otherwise safe homes this week at least four cases of armed homeowners shooting at and twice killing intruders or carjackers. Today Detroit police chief James Craig came out in support of the armed homeowners….” Really? How is the home or car “otherwise safe” if there are intruders breaking in or trying to car jack you? She is totally shocked that the chief is supporting the victims. Meanwhile, the reporter says the chief is encouraging people to buy guns. I didn’t hear him say that. These guys are incorrigible and a perfect example of the concerted and relentless liberal propaganda attack on common sense and citizens rights. It is appalling, they don’t let up and don’t even try to hide it.

    1. Pamela K. Cahoon Laub says:

      The female reporter had worry lines and a look of “concern” over a criminal being shot by a homeowner. Good for the chief of police! Criminals need to be worried about their crimes having consequences – possibly deadly.

  4. obamamamma says:

    Does Chief Craig have a crazy difficult job to do, or what? WOW! I can’t imagine the pressures that he and his department have to deal with. All of that crime and all the city of Detroit has been doing for years now is reducing the force constantly!
    Kudos to you Chief Craig for speaking out publicly for the citizenry to protect themselves when they are subject to the potential of lethal harm that may visit them! It can’t hurt to let these criminals know that they are on official notice that THEY may be the ones who may become the victim.

    Domari Nolo

  5. alfred e. says:

    If criminals want to get away with their crimes, they should look for obama bumper stickers on the cars in the driveways of homes. Liberals surely won’t mind if some poor victims decide to take a few things from their houses.

    1. kevin says:

      I will attack any car or home that doesn’t have an Obama sticker its a safety net to let us now not to enter the home

  6. Kj says:

    Thank you JC for being a true patriot

  7. Mike Emmel says:

    James Craig for President!!

  8. ExVariable says:

    In a collectivist system, those chosen to try new things are selected according to the political whims of centralized authorities.

  9. Richard McGrath says:

    If Obama had a city it would look like
    Detroit

    1. Jonathan says:

      He did, it looked like Chicago.

    2. kevin says:

      White men own Detroit dummy and I’m white

  10. 11BRAVO3V says:

    This is the same chief who is getting threats from dope dealers in Detroit because his cops are making their lives miserable… His answer to them is basically, “Hey, bring it on, you threaten me, you threaten us all…every cop, every citizen and we will not let it stand, we are coming for you.” He has finally given his troops real marching orders, motivation, a mission and a sense of purpose. Something they were sorely lacking under the previous administrations. He’s a cop first, then an administrator and not afraid to send a message to the bad guys. Funny thing is that he wasn’t a pro gun permit guy until he became the COP in Portland, ME. He was a Captain at LAPD, and in CA (until the recent court decision) Christ himself couldn’t get a carry permit. Then he got hired by Portland and found out their low crime rate was partially due to their high level of CCW permits. It changed his perspective. Now he’s a true believer, another convert brought to the fold by truth and common sense. Me thinks the criminal element in Motown is about to have a significant change in their business model. This guy is exactly what Detroit PD and the city itself needed… a guy with a huge set, and no holds barred leadership. Hammer down Chief, give no quarter. But you watch, if he gets too successful and a lot of “certain folks” start complaining… the media will go full throttle on his a** … it will turn in to a real witch hunt.

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