Vigilante superheroes have long been a part of American culture because everyone knows that police don't actually keep us safe, even if it is on a subliminal level. This is the main reason why people love stories about superheroes so much, because they show us real crime fighters that actually don't disrupt the lives of innocent people, as police do on a daily basis.
As American streets become more heavily policed, and at the same time more dangerous, real superheroes are actually beginning to come out of the woodwork and make a difference. They aren't writing parking or speeding tickets, and they aren't hunting down non-violent drug users, but they are actually going after the violent criminals that police are too lazy and busy to deal with.
This week, one of the nation's most active superheroes, Phoenix Jones was actually able to stop an attempted murder that was taking place on Capitol Hill in Seattle. According to KIRO, Phoenix was patrolling the streets near Capitol Hill when he witnessed three men attacking one victim, beating him viciously and pistol-whipping him. Phoenix immediately sprang into action, chasing the men down and knocking the weapon away from the armed man.
"I sprinted out as fast as I could and hit him with a right hand. The gun popped out, only the scary part was he didn't get knocked out,"Phoenix said.
Phoenix then kept the suspects cornered until the police were able to arrive and arrest them.
Even the cops mentioned Phoenix in the local police blotter, saying that:
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"The bloodied victim in the incident wouldn’t provide officers with much information about the fight, but a witness–Seattle’s (in)famous masked adventurer, Phoenix Jones–told police he had seen the suspects pistol-whip and kick the victim after knocking him to the ground."
Phoenix Jones is the leader of the Rain City Superhero Movement, a Seattle-based citizen patrol group that describes itself as a crime prevention brigade. Initially wearing a ski mask to intervene in a public assault, he later developed a full costume and adopted "Phoenix Jones" as a pseudonym.
Phoenix says the best way to prevent getting mistaken for a criminal by the police is to wear a "supersuit," although local police have expressed concern that the strange costumes may lead to emergency calls from citizens who mistake the "superheroes" for criminals.
Jones says that all members of the Rain City Superhero Movement have a military or mixed martial arts background.
Jones is also a mixed martial artist signed to World Series of Fighting, where he has fought at two catchweights, and the brother of UFC, Strikeforce and ONE Championship fighter Caros Fodor, according to his Wikipedia page.
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John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter-culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work, he organizes a number of large events including the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at bookpatch.com.