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by Peter Moskos

May 17, 2011

Why you'll never be Batman

By your second week, you’re unhappy that 90% of the crimes you’ve even seen up-close are just pathetic junkies buying crack from another pathetic junkie selling drugs to support his/her own habit. And nothing makes you feel LESS like Batman than scaring sad, homeless crackheads. You tried to chase down a kid when you saw him punch a lady and take her purse, but you can’t really pursue that kind of thing by running on rooftops, you gotta do it the hard way by chasing him on foot down the sidewalk… in your full Batman costume, where everybody can see you. People are taking photos on cell-phones, and yep there’s a cop car at the intersection and he saw you, and now he has his lights on and it’s YOU he’s after.
The police draw their guns and order you to stop. You turn and grab for the smoke pellet on your belt to help hide your getaway, but unfortunately for you the cops see you reaching for something and open fire… and you suit’s armor is already a mess from the shotgun blast earlier. Uh oh.
From Mark Hughes [and thanks to a comment by Simmmons].


Mark Hughes said...

Thanks for the posting and link! This is my first time seeing your blog, but won't be last now that I know it's here. Great stuff! I've met several of the LEAP guys on different occasions, my brother's a cop, and I actually live near Baltimore. So I immediately appreciated your writing. Cheers!

Simmons said...

Mark loved the article, I got the link from Batman On Film, my other favorite blog/website.

What a cop can't be into policing strategies, sociology, AND batman movies?