10,000 black men to patrol Philadelphia


New Wackbag
Oct 10, 2004
PHILADELPHIA - The city's embattled police chief, acknowledging that police alone cannot quell a run of deadly violence, has called on 10,000 black men to patrol the streets to reduce crime.

Sylvester Johnson, who is black, says black men have a duty to protect more vulnerable residents. He wants each volunteer to pledge to work three hours a day for at least 90 days.

"It's time for African-American men to stand up," Johnson told the Philadelphia Daily News, which first reported the story Wednesday. "We have an obligation to protect our women, our children and our elderly. We're going to put men on the street. We're going to train them in conflict resolution."

The program's backers include Dennis Muhammad, a former Nation of Islam official who has been hired by police departments in Detroit, Syracuse, N.Y., and other cities to conduct community-sensitivity training.

Philadelphia, the nation's sixth-largest city, has nearly 1.5 million residents, 44 percent of them black. It has notched 294 homicides this year. More than 80 percent of the slayings involve handguns, and most involve young black males.

Johnson plans to introduce the "Call to Action: 10,000 Men, It's a New Day" program on Oct. 21, three months before his planned retirement.

"He won't get anywhere near that number. If he gets 1,000 people, it will be great," said Heather DeRussy, who leads a local Guardian Angels chapter that has recruited just seven members in the past two years. Given its size, the group focuses on a single north Philadelphia park plagued by prostitution and drug use.

DeRussy lauded Johnson for his effort but said she fears the volunteers will find it dangerous to patrol their home turf.

"In their own neighborhoods, with the 'Don't snitch' mentality, they're kind of putting themselves in harm's way, because there are going to be people who disagree with what they're doing," DeRussy said.

The men who join Johnson's program will not carry weapons or make arrests but will instead emphasize conflict resolution, similar to the Guardian Angels' ground rules.

Police in other cities have hired Muhammad in recent years to provide sensitivity training to officers and community members, but it was not immediately clear whether any have deployed a volunteer patrol force.

Johnson, who had led the police department for seven years, appears increasingly frustrated by the daily gun violence. He and other city leaders have blamed the Legislature for not passing gun-control measures.

Mayor John F. Street, whose term is up at the beginning of 2008, has voiced support for the program, but it was not clear whether he would become involved. His office did not return a call for comment Thursday, nor did Johnson's office.

Street and Johnson have both endured withering criticism from frustrated residents and community leaders who say they should do more to halt the violence.

One gun-violence researcher said the idea of putting citizens on patrol had the potential to show children that adults care.

"A steady exposure to violence just creates this toxic environment for children and youth. As adults, we don't want them to think they have to handle it on their own," said Rose Cheney, executive director of the Firearm and Injury Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

"If, by putting people out there — not just as a town watch, but as resources who connect them to what they need from adults — that can be very promising," she said.
Good luck finding 10,000 anti-crime *******.

Glenn Dandy

Mar 21, 2005
Bahaahahaaa haaaa Year right.

Creasy Bear

gorgeousness and gorgeousity made flesh
Mar 10, 2006
In a related story, farmer Elmo Spuckler has announced that he will go ahead with his plan to hire a team of 10 foxes to guard his chicken coop.


as a matter of fact i dont have 5$
Aug 23, 2002
i cant see this going well


Sep 15, 2004
Considering eighty percent of Philly's murder victims are black males, it might be best to reintroduce indentured servitude to tame the savage beast within.


Jul 25, 2005
If they count them in anyway like they did for the Million Man March, it's only going to really be 1,000 of them.


Why do people keep calling me?
Jun 27, 2005
Can we also get muslims to fight the war on terror too?


"That ball is outta here"
Sep 11, 2005
I defy anyone to find 10,000 married black men who are admitted parents to their own kids in Philadelphia, there's a fucking starting point


Registered User
Aug 5, 2004
I say Kudos to the idea. The only people killing Philadelphians is other Philadelphians. The only way it will stop is if the people of Philly want it to.

It's what the whole concept of a militia was about, unfortunately you can't use the M word without being labeled a nut.


Registered User
Nov 17, 2006
Hell, it might work. It's got to work better than ignoring the problem.
Aug 23, 2002
10,000 bodies x 3/5 . he's actually being reasonable


I'm a corpse without a soul...
Nov 4, 2002
It'll be the biggest "Wilding" session ever.

"Whoops, there it is, Whoops there is is"


That's very hurtful, sir.
May 21, 2005
80% of the victims are black males? That sounds like a good start. Any way to increase that to 100% and keep whitey out of it?
Feb 20, 2006
Have a Johnson family reunion everyday and you'll have your 10,000 negros. Better have 50,000 plates for leftovers though or you'll have a goddamn riot on your hands.


as a matter of fact i dont have 5$
Aug 23, 2002
oh i just cant wait, burn baby burn, who the fuck needs a 300year old city any way.


Screw you guys, I'm going home.
Jul 16, 2005
.....because nobody had to take off work!


Sinn Fein

Infidel and White Interloper
Wackbag Staff
Aug 29, 2002
If Philly didn't fight tooth-and-nail to deny CCW permits, maybe things would be different.


Registered User
Feb 13, 2006
they are already patrolling the streets at night looking for victims, err i mean criminals. all they need is a mirror to find the problem. God help the other minorities, cause they have no representation in the city government


Totally unlikeable
Jan 13, 2005
I say Kudos to the idea. The only people killing Philadelphians is other Philadelphians. The only way it will stop is if the people of Philly want it to.

It's what the whole concept of a militia was about, unfortunately you can't use the M word without being labeled a nut.
your a nut


En Taro Anthony
Mar 14, 2005
10,000 black volunteers out in the streets? That's a riot.