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Angels, Curfew Curb Detroit’s Devil Night

From a disappointed Associated Press:

Detroit Mayor Ken Cockrel addresses the media during an Angels’ Night news conference with members of local law enforcement agencies in Detroit, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008.

Thousands to douse annual Detroit arson tradition

By BEN LEUBSDORF, Associated Press

DETROIT – The city that used to burn on the night before Halloween as mischief-makers torched abandoned buildings has largely doused its Devil’s Night by mobilizing tens of thousands of citizens and law-enforcement personnel each year to patrol city neighborhoods…

At its peak in 1984, 810 fires were reported in Detroit from Oct. 29 to 31, fueled by, among other things, Devil’s Night’s growing notoriety and the city’s large number of abandoned buildings.

But the number of blazes has dropped — 147 fires were reported last year for the three days ending Oct. 31, up from the 113 reported in 2006 and 121 in 2005.

That’s in part thanks to volunteers and law enforcement officials who patrol neighborhoods and monitor abandoned buildings starting the night of Oct. 29, part of what has been called Angels’ Night since the 1990s.

This year, officials worry that the national foreclosure crisis, and a spate of vacant homes left in its wake, could be tempting targets for arsonists. Detroit ranked as the 14th hardest-hit metropolitan area in the third quarter of this year by foreclosure listing service RealtyTrac Inc.

About 35,000 volunteers have signed up with the city for this year’s Angels’ Night, and about 50,000 people will volunteer, said Daniel Cherrin, a spokesman for Mayor Ken Cockrel Jr. The city also imposes a youth curfew and takes other preventative measures.

“It’s a testament to Detroiters that we understand that we have to be proactive,” Keith said. “We can’t afford complacency by any means.”

Personnel from the city’s fire and police departments will be joined this year by state and federal agencies, as well as 25 volunteers from the Michigan Army National Guard, some of whom will patrol in uniform…

Isn’t it wonderful the great “traditions” in some parts of our country?

The article does mention in passing that besides these laudatory patrols, Detroit has imposed an “emergency curfew” upon juveniles for years.

From the Angels’ Night website:


Again this year an emergency curfew is in effect for juveniles under the age of 18. It is unlawful for juveniles under the age of 18 to be on City streets, unaccompanied by a parent or guardian, from 6 p.m. October 30 to 6 a.m. October 31.

Our children are the future of Detroit. You can encourage them to take pride in their City and become responsible citizens of Detroit by asking them to:

    * Observe the regular and special Halloween curfews.

    * Encourage their friends to do the same.

    * Encourage adults to play an active role in the anti-arson campaign.

    * Turn on their porch lights during the three-day Halloween period.

    * Participate in activities such as the Halloween parties sponsored by the City of Detroit Recreation Department.

Hopefully someone is organizing “Angels’ Night” volunteers across the country for the evenings after November 4, no matter how things turn out.

Maybe we had better have a curfew as well. And maybe the National Guard should be turned out.

Just like the “tradition” in third world countries on election day.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, October 30th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Angels, Curfew Curb Detroit’s Devil Night”

  1. brad says:

    Black people are animals.
    It only takes:
    tens of thousands
    martial law
    threat of imprisonment
    and the barrel of a gun to force black people to behave themselves.

    Detroit is our first city to fall to anarchy. Nice job blacks, liberals, and black liberals!

    “mobilizing tens of thousands of citizens and law-enforcement personnel each year to patrol city neighborhoods”

  2. 1sttofight says:

    I have never understood the mentality of people who burn their own house down just to show their outrage at something someone did.

  3. Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

    “Black people are animals.”


    These aren’t Black people, they’re niggers. There is a difference.

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