Leah Barkoukis

Detroit Police Chief James Craig wants criminals to know that they shouldn’t just be afraid of police anymore—they also need to worry about homeowners who are ready to use a firearm to protect themselves.

“A lot of Detroiters are fed up,” he said in a recent interview with WDIV-TV. “They’re tired and they’ve been dealing with this epidemic of violence. They’re afraid and they have a right to protect themselves.”

After all, when seconds count, police are only minutes away, right?

“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.”

However, Craig was careful to say that citizens must exercise common sense. In other words, there needs to be a true threat coming at you and you can’t chase someone down the street. But he wants would-be criminals to know that they need to worry about a few things. “They’ve got to worry about a police department that is going to aggressively find you when you commit an act of violence. And you got to also worry about the good Detroiters who are not going to put up with the violence.”

H/T: The Blaze (video)


Leah Barkoukis

Leah Barkoukis is the online features editor and web editor at Townhall.com.

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