Superhero Patrols Logs for September 27, 2014

This weekend, the “usual suspects” of superheroes were out and about, pursuing justice in their own way.

The usual trio El Caballero, Red Ranger, and Dragon patrolled their usual turf of the U-District. Overall, the weather was fair and they did not run into any major problems. A majority of the patrol was just Dragon and El Caballero, but they later met up with Red Ranger to share information and get much needed hydration. Being a superhero is thirsty work.

They encountered what appeared to be a “protest” or some type that seemed to speak about the plight of the homeless. The ECHO members gave water bottles and energy bars as much as they could. Per usual, it was noted that both peace and harmony prevailed.

Phoenix Jones has hit the ground running from his brief respite. He has his own case trying to take down “Nook,” apparently from a gang known as the “Pirates.”

According to Phoenix Jones’ Facebook fan page, he’s been tracking a string of violent robberies allegedly done by this particular gang. The page also states that Phoenix Jones has been tracking them, using his own tips and informants.

It should be duly noted that if you have information on crime in your area, please share it with your local police department, not just your local superhero.

Phoenix Jones seemingly had a confrontation with “Nook” while Jones was “busting” his friend. It was noted that “Nook” did not have a foreign accent, which contradicts Jones’ earlier suspicions that he was part of an African gang. Though it’s unclear, it apparently happened while Jones was on a date.

Jones mentioned going through various police reports in his investigations. With no police report numbers or dates given, it’s difficult to verify his story. That said, I can neither confirm nor deny this report.

Though no statement was made on the subject, we can only hope that peace and harmony prevailed for Phoenix Jones as it did for the members of ECHO.

 

Here is ECHO’s report via their Facebook page:

ECHO Patrol Log: 09-27/28-2014

Report By: El Caballero Roll Call: Dragon, El Caballero, Red Ranger Location: U district

Time: 11:00pm – 2:00am

Last night’s patrol was nice and mellow. The weather was dry and pleasant, leaves beginning to fall and one can feel the autumnal change in the air.

Dragon and I began from the north end of ‘The Ave’ and worked our way south. We change our maneuvers …and tactics each patrol for security reasons and encourage others to do the same. Lots of young folks out and about, yet everyone was friendly and in good spirits.

The ‘usual suspects’ who peddle narcotics (note-ECHO has never had a problem nor have bothered people who smoke marijuana. It is now legal in Washington State anyway) were nowhere to be found, perhaps in prison?

Continued winding through the neighborhoods, streets and alleys. We briefly meet with Red Ranger for an Intel swap and thank God, some of his bottles of water!

The ‘protest’ happening next to the US Post Office, Metro bus stop, there on the SE corner of NE 43rd st and University Ave. Six tents of various sizes, colors and shapes connected together, cardboard signs with one proclaiming homelessness is not a crime. There are several people and dogs sleeping here. No sign of toilet facilities. We continue to give them water in bottles and energy bars, (though our budget in ECHO is currently just based on each members ability to donate from their own pocket).

Made the rounds with more hi-fives, head nods and some fan photos, it was a nice, peaceful night. Harmony prevailed!

 

Here is Phoenix Jones’ report via his Facebook Fan Page:

Note: It has been edited for language.

INVESTIGATION DAY 2

LOCATED “NOOK”

SOURCES EMAILED ME A PHOTO. RECOGNIZED HIM IMMEDIATELY. EVEN INTERVENED ON HIS FRIEND ROBBING A CIVILIAN WHILE I WAS IN PLAIN CLOTHES, ON A DATE.

THIS IS TOO SIMPLE. LIFE BARELY EVER WRAPS THINGS UP IN …A PRETTY RED BOW, ESPECIALLY NOT MY LIFE.

I SPEND THE NEXT COUPLE OF HOURS READING THE 14 PUBLIC POLICE REPORTS.

6 REPORTS MATCH “Black male, 5’10”, 170 lbs. Snatches open wallet or phone from victim and runs away.”

4 REPORTS MATCH “White male 5’8″ to 6′, medium build. Approaches victim and threatens with knife or blunt object. Takes valuables and forces victim to run away.”

4 REPORTS MATCH “Black male, 5’10”, 170 lbs. Approaches victim with weapon. Strikes victim or forces victim on the ground. Victim is robbed by several people who are speaking a foreign language. All victims report seeing multiple dark males running from the scene.”

AT FIRST GLANCE I THOUGHT 10 MATCHED THE “PIRATES” AND 4 WERE RANDOM MUGGINGS.

“Hey, Super NXXXXX! Go fXXX yourself and leave mine alone!” THAT’S WHAT “NOOK” YELLED AT ME WHEN I WAS BUSTING HIS FRIEND ON MY DATE. HE SPOKE PERFECT ENGLISH AND SO DID HIS 5 FRIENDS. I’VE SEEN HIM A DOZEN TIMES AND NEVER NOTICED AN ACCENT OR A WORD IN A STRANGE DIALECT. MIXED WITH THE FACT THAT THESE ENCOUNTERS WERE HIGH STRESS SITUATIONS WHERE MOST PEOPLE RESORT TO SPEAKING THEIR MOST COMFORTABLE LANGUAGE.

MAYBE I’VE BEEN FOLLOWING THE WRONG CRIMINALS?

MAYBE THERE IS SOMEONE ELSE OUT THERE. SOMEONE WHOSE M.O IS MORE VIOLENT THAN THE PIRATES., SOMEONE I HAVE TO MEET.

Superhero Patrol Logs for September 25, 2014

The streets were well protected last night. A combination of ECHO, Black Knight and friends, and remnants of the defunct RCSM were patrolling the Capitol Hill area.

The usual ECHO triad of Dragon, El Caballero, and Red Ranger started their patrol in Capitol Hill around 11:00 pm. En route to meet up with Black Knight, SkyMan, White Baron, the trio encountered an altercation between a man and a woman. They were able to seemingly intervene and the situation did not escalate further. They then met up with the three other superheroes and continued their patrol activities.

Phoenix Jones was also patrolling the Capitol Hill area with Shade, formerly of the RCSM. The duo seemingly has a pair of motorcycles that may play part in their patrols. Once arriving in the Capitol Hill area, Jones reportedly had a case and was apparently able to solve it in 20 minutes. As of the writing of this post, I was unable to ascertain what the case was or obtain any corroborating evidence. Jones may have a slightly different meaning to the term “case” than this writer.

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Photo courtesy of SkyMan

In the middle of their patrols, the two groups of superheroes met around Cal Anderson Park and cordially posed for a few photos. The diverse assembly of superheroes was pleasant and professional, despite a number of superheroes having less than amicable feelings toward other superheroes.

The two groups of superheroes parted ways and continued their patrols, both ending safely for all superheroes involved.

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Omega did not patrol and reportedly felt like a jerk because of it.

 

Here is ECHO’s account via their Facebook page:

ECHO Patrol Log: 09-25-2014
Red Ranger reporting from “The Stronghold”
Roll Call: Dragon, El Caballero, Red Ranger, Sky Man, White Baron, and Black Knight
Location: Capitol Hill, Seattle

Patrol Started around 11pm in Capitol Hill, with Dragon, El Caballero and I on our way to meet up with the rest of our entourage. We quickly happened upon an altercation between some homeless citizens, with one larger, Caucasian male, appearing to be in his early thirties, throwing miscellaneous objects and attempting to assault a Caucasian female of around the same age. I ran into the situation on the double and got in between the two with El Caballero and Dragon close behind me. I demanded order and asked what was going on, but the man cursed at me and fled back to his makeshift bed in front of a nearby store. With him seemingly de-escalated, we shifted our focus to his victim and helped her gather her things that had been thrown into the street. She was grateful and we then turned our attention back to the aggressive male, questioning him on why he felt the need to attack this woman. He responded by cursing and pretending to be asleep (he was obviously inebriated) so we warned him not to lose his temper again and to keep his hands to himself. He eventually complied and we were on our way.

Patrol continued and we met up with Sky Man, Black Knight, and White Baron around 11:30 pm. We continued all around the Capitol Hill neighborhood, saw some familiar faces, and did a lot of what we affectionately call “shaking hands and kissing babies” while taking numerous pictures. We also did a small amount of homeless outreach. All in all, it was a good patrol with a refreshingly large crew; a treat we don’t often get but hope to see more of.

Peace and harmony prevailed!

 

Here Phoenix Jones’ report via his Facebook fan page:

Investigation: Day 1

I MEET AT Joe Shade’S HOUSE AROUND 11:30 PM. WE LOOK INTO POLICE REPORTS, MAKE A GAME PLAN AND A REDBULL TOAST TO ONE YEAR WORKING TOGETHER.

12:05 AM. WE LAND IN CAPITOL HILL AND START INTERVIEWING MY CONTACTS. PEOPLE HERE MAY NOT LIKE OR TALK TO COPS BUT THEY TELL ME EVERYTHING.

12:25 AM. WE SOLVE THE CASE, PIECING TOGETHER ALL THE INFO WE HAVE. THERE IS A NEW GANG OF AFRICANS AND STREET KIDS CALLED THE PIRATES. THEY HAVE NO LEADER BUT EVERYONE SEEMS TO MENTION ONE OF THE PIRATES BY NAME: “NOOK.” HE IS DESCRIBED AS BEING EXTREMELY VIOLENT AND INVOLVED IN THE ROBBERIES.

Side note: Ran into Cabbie and his crew. Their presence scares me. Shakes me to the core. One of them is going to die. I’ve seen so much violence — not sure I could take losing one of them. They smile when they see me. Whether they admit it or not, I’m their inspiration. Most of them are out of shape and unable to escape danger. They don’t have bulletproof gear and no radios to keep in touch if they get split up. I don’t know how Cabbie, who is completely bulletproof and in good shape and has a radio, would allow this amount of unnecessary risk.

IF YOU GO LOOKING FOR DANGER YOU WILL MOST LIKELY FIND IT. I JUST HOPE I GET THERE FIRST FOR BOTH OUR TEAMS’ SAKE.
~Phoenix Jones~

 

It should be duly noted that Black Knight, SkyMan, and White Baron were all active before the first reported activity of Phoenix Jones.1378202_10154616921915398_3885996923002845450_n

Superhero Patrol Logs for September 18-19, 2014

ECHO (Emerald City Hero Organization) was productive last week. The usual triple-threat of Dragon, El Caballero, and Red Ranger made the rounds a couple evenings in the U-District. The recently-returned-to-duty White Baron was able to join them on Thursday night for the patrol.

In other news, there have been unconfirmed reports of Omega, formerly of the defunct Rain City Superhero Movement, patrolling the Tacoma area.

Here are the reports from ECHO as posted on their Facebook page.

ECHO Patrol Log: 09-18-2014

Dragon reporting from “The Lair”

Roll Call: Dragon, El Caballero, Red Ranger, White Baron

Location: U district

Time: 11:00p – 2:00a

We started patrol around the intersection of NE 55th St and University Way NE. We received contact from the White Baron who let us know he was still making it to patrol, but was running late.

We proceeded into the U-district and encounte…red one of our regular street folk, that is kind of a trouble maker, we’ve seen him do erratic things under the influence of something, and the local business owners have informed us that they have told him to not hang out or enter their place business. This was around NE 47th Ave and University Way.

He explained to El Caballero that he had several police report tags (business card-sized tags with police report numbers on them).

He wanted us to escort him to his house because he feared he would be assaulted by the other people that have taken up residence there.

We followed him into Wallingford to 42nd and Latona, the location of a halfway house, or boarding house. We met some of the other residents who explained to us that he is the one known for actually assaulting people. I entered the premise after I was invited in. (Up until that point I had this weird feeling we were going to be framed for some sort of home invasion).

I followed the individual to his room expecting some sort of assault attempt would be made on him or me. He made it into his room and seemed pretty content to be there. He kept the place fairly clean so I can’t fault him there. Ranger and Cabby were bringing up the 6 in case things got weird. Once we made sure he was okay, we were contacted by White Baron in the U-district.

We now know where he lives if he causes anybody trouble or grief in the future and can direct law enforcement appropriately if needed.

We headed back from Wallingford to NE 45th and Brooklyn to meet up with him.

White Baron was in good spirits. He brought us all caffeinated gum. We learned about what gear he had on him.

We then set off on patrol. Passing by Safeway, Dante’s, Patrolling a few back alleys and again on Brooklyn and the University Ave.

Around 2a we split off from patrol and called it a night: Cabby and I departing to the north and Ranger and White Baron departing to the south.

Peace and Harmony Prevailed!

And their patrol log from last Friday:

ECHO Patrol Log: 09-19-2014

Dragon reporting from “The Lair”

Roll Call: Dragon, El Caballero, Red Ranger

Location: U district

Time: 11:00p – 2:00a

Patrol started with the observation of a suspected drug house in the vicinity of NE 65th St and 15th Ave NE. Over the weeks, we have observed enough activity there as a group to know that something funny is going on. People loading up their packs wi…th some sort of packages. Money and baggy exchange, etc. We walked by pretending to be on our way to a Halloween Party and got the address from one of the residents that was outside.

We saw strange activity going on in back alley nearby where someone was changing their clothes, and they had also started to sleep in the carport of one of the apartment buildings. We checked to see if they needed any medical help (they had a length of tubing on them that looked like they might use it to “tie off”).

We patrolled around the block to and circled back around to see if the individual was using drugs in the carport, but he had left.

The group then proceeded to Cowen Park and patrolled through, avoiding use of flashlights, and walking along on the grass parallel to the gravel trails and sidewalks.

We patrolled in the U-district, and around 52nd and University, we were stopped by group of young ladies were under the influence of something (weed?), and were invited to a party with fire-dancers. We thanked them for their hospitality, politely refusing because we were on patrol, and took pictures with people that wanted to get their pictures with us.

We came upon some of the regular dealers; our first encounter was the girl that serves as their lookout. She looked up at us as we came out of the alley, looked down the sidewalk at her friends, looked at us again, and was trying to think of something to say to distract us or warn her friends (the gears were really turning).

I then turned to Ranger and said loudly, “It’s amazing what passes for a look-out for a drug dealer these days.”

(When we circled back around a half hour later, they had left the area).

We had a quiet evening and peace and harmony prevailed.

 

Superhero identities are in danger!

A superhero’s secret identity is paramount to his (or her) safety. Or at least many seem to think so. The scourge that is Facebook is putting many of those secret identities in jeopardy…that is, if superheroes want to keep voluntarily using Facebook’s free services.

Recently Facebook has started to crackdown on fake names. According to its terms of service, you must not provide false information and you have to keep your information accurate and up-to-date. Your user name must closely relate to your actual name. If your superhero name is “Super-ninja crime-puncher,” there’s a good chance it doesn’t closely relate to your actual name…unless you have really weird parents.

In addition to real-life superheroes, it also affects drag queens, artists, performers, wrestlers, and entertainers. Even if nobody knows you by your legal name, Facebook terms dictate you use it for your profile.

The Seattle superhero community has not gone unaffected. The most high-profile superhero to have his Facebook account deactivated is Phoenix Jones.

His “fan page” is still up. Facebook is encouraging people that fall into this category to set up fan pages if they would like a presence on Facebook with their non-legal alias.

Another Seattle-area superhero that was caught in the fake-name sting was SkyMan.

When attempting to log in to his Facebook account recently, SkyMan found himself locked out. A screen comes up telling him it appears he is not using his name. That same screen also instructed him to send a picture of photo ID and list his real name. After a weekend of working at that, his account was back, but with his full legal name on it. SkyMan found the whole situation irritating.

The strange thing about SkyMan was that he actually had his real name before the big crackdown. He just also had “SkyMan” in the middle of his name. For clarification purposes, “SkyMan” is not his legal middle name. However, he did have his real first and last name. But after the crackdown, he now has his entire full name, real middle names and all on his Facebook profile, just not “SkyMan.”

This was not the first time something of this nature happened to SkyMan. About 6 months ago, he had to change his Facebook name from “SkyMan TriColoredCrusader,” a name he had for 2 years. However, now the change to his full real name is permanent and he was informed that if he changed his name, his account would be deactivated.

In the superhero community as a whole, the battle between Facebook and the assumed right to have a superhero name has raged on for a while. Like SkyMan before, many have had to deal with potential account deactivation due to their superhero name. Rumors of “real-life super villains” reporting hero’s profiles ran rampant. Many superheroes have tried to fly under the radar by choosing realistic sounding fake names that alluded to their superhero persona. The results have been mixed.

There has been a call to action. This petition has made the rounds.   Since this policy also affects many in the LGBTQ community, there has been a rally to the cause to combined efforts. Florida-based “Old Superhero,” who strangely has his mother’s name on his Facebook profile now, made a video encouraging superheroes to stand alongside drag queens in the quest for justice.

Superhero Patrol Logs for September 12, 2014

ECHO has been busy this week.

Friday night was a slightly later patrol, yet another quiet night. The duo of Dragon and Red Ranger patrolled the U-District.

Here is their report:

ECHO Patrol Log: 09-12-2014
Dragon reporting from “The Lair”
Roll Call: Dragon, Red Ranger,
Location: U district
Time: 11:30p – 2:00a

It was a quiet evening tonight. We patrolled the U-district and received a lot of positive response from the public. We took a few pictures with various folks. We did the glamor part of the job, returning shopping carts. We burned through the bottled water quickly in Ranger’s pack. We got unsolicited hugs from the public as a thank you by some of the patrons at Dante’s.

Here is where patience comes in, it was a dead night, but at least we got ourselves out there and talked with the public.

Peace and Harmony!

 

Omega (formerly affiliated with the now defunct RCSM) was reportedly going to solo patrol on Friday night, but I was unable to confirm.

Superhero Patrol Logs for September 11, 2014

Last night proved to be a night full of superheroes.

ECHO (Emerald City Heroes Organization) was out early in the evening patrolling the U-District. The triple-threat of El Caballero, Dragon, and Red Ranger were out with Patrolman Y and a guest film crew. It was a fairly quiet night for ECHO, which was probably beneficial as it afforded them the opportunity to be interviewed for a film project by the crew.

Here is their report:

ECHO Patrol Log: 09-11-2014
Dragon reporting from “The Lair”
Roll Call: Dragon, El Caballero, Red Ranger, Patrolman Y, and Guest Film Crew
Location: U district
Time: 10:30p – 12:30a

We had a filmmaker and his assistant accompany us on tonights patrol. We made our usual rounds, Ranger handing out water to street friends. We did a lot of shaking hands and PR work, mostly answering questions, and a few photos. It was actually non-eventful and we did check some of the back parking areas around 42nd for car prowls. We did an interview with the crew and escorted them back to their vehicle.

Peace and Harmony prevailed!

Later in the evening a mini-reunion of super-sorts went down on Capitol Hill. Black Knight, met up with SkyMan, White Baron, GirlScout (formerly of the RCSM), and Red Ranger of ECHO pulling double duty.

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White, Baron, SkyMan, and Red Ranger pose for a photo.  Photo courtesy of Black Knight

This cavalcade of superheroes initially began a little before midnight with Black Knight, SkyMan, and White Baron, who came out of his semi-retirement for this patrol.   After patrolling Cal Anderson Park, they met up with GirlScout and Red Ranger. The intrepid quintet continued to patrol through the bar area, west on Broadway, through Glass Alley then looping through the bar area again. Making their way back to their parking area, the patrol ended at approximately 2:30 am. There was nothing unusual to report.

Heroes in the Night in Seattle

On a whim last week, I felt like checking out the Seattle Northgate Barnes & Noble to see if they had a copy of my favorite book, “Heroes in the Night,” in stock.

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“Heroes in the Night” is a book by Milwaukee-based writer Tea Krulos about the movement of real-life superheroes. Krulos traveled all over the country and even internationally, chronicling the adventures of real-life superheroes and delving into the history, ramifications, and influence of the subculture.

The Pacific Northwest got quite a bit of ink in the book, Seattle especially. Two whole chapters focus on Seattle’s own Phoenix Jones. By chance, Krulos was present for the infamous “Pepper Spray incident” which lead the arrest of Jones and his eventual public unmasking.

The Seattle Northgate Barnes & Noble had one copy of the book, just one, on the shelf. However it should be duly noted that they no longer have that one copy on the shelf because I bought it.

It’s a great book and I can not recommend it enough. Krulos has a wonderful narrative style and he really opens a window into the lives of various superheroes. Even if you are not into superheroes, it’s a good read.

In full disclosure, one of my favorite things about the book is that I am in it, which, admittedly, is one of the coolest things to happen to ever to me. My expertise on superhero dining habits is utilized in the book. No, seriously, it is.

If you would like a copy, you can order it online here or here. However, I highly recommend going to your local bookstore and requesting it.

On another note, there is a special copy of the book currently being offered via eBay. It has been signed by 45 superheroes and the proceeds of this copy of the book go to support HOPE, a charitable endeavor lead by superhero Razorhawk that helps the homeless. The eBay action can be found here.

The eBay auction ends on September 14th at 5:45 pm. More information of “Heroes in the Night” can be found at the blog Heroes in the Night.