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#1 Grapefruits

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 12:07 AM

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Seattle - In Seattle, Washington, there is a "mutual combat law" in effect. "Superhero" Phoenix Jones took advantage of this law to deliver his own brand of justice.

Recently, there was an incident in Washington State that is somewhat reminiscent of the 2009 action movie called “Kick-Ass.” For those that neither heard nor watched the movie, it's based on a graphic novel series in which ordinary people take to the streets dressed as superheroes to deliver their own version of “justice.”

While there are superheroes, there are no superpowers at all. In most cases, police would probably break up a scuffle between “heroes” and perpetrators. In Seattle, Washington, it's not necessarily the case.

Around past one in the morning, a group of “superheroes” were on patrol. The group consisted of: Phoenix Jones, Midnight Jack, Red Falcon, Bishop, and Westlake Drake.

They found themselves in confrontation with a group of men. As the police came to the scene, a fight started between Phoenix Jones and a man wearing an orange shirt. However, the police did not make any arrests and allowed the fight to happen. In Seattle, there's something called a “mutual combat law” that's in effect. Under this “mutual combat law,” both sides have mutually agreed to the fight. The fight stops as soon as one of the people falls. Phoenix Jones emerged victorious and the fight ended.

No arrests have been made because the fight was legal. In short, there is a “mutual combat law.” In a blog on SeattlePI, it mentions 12A.06.025 of the Seattle Municipal Code. Under this code, you can get away with street fighting to an extent. The video is available for viewing; but as a warning, there is a high level of profanity and obscene language.


Edited by zero-ONE-three, 13 November 2012 - 12:08 AM.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 12:13 AM

That Phoenix Jones guy is a freaking ninja.

PS: Skip to 6:30 of the video.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 12:19 AM

That Phoenix Jones guy is a freaking ninja.

PS: Skip to 6:30 of the video.


good call on the skip to part. I get that they are out trying to stop crime, but they are also going to initiate with drunks who know who they are and want to prove something. Which this situation seems to be. The police seem more hellbent on creating a problem than solving it.
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Posted 13 November 2012 - 12:19 AM

Lol

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 12:20 AM

Lots of states in the US have a Mutual Combat law which basically allows to consenting individuals to participate in a fight. There are strict guidelines, however (most states require the individual to make an attempt to solve matters peacefully, once a participant has hit the ground the combat is required to stop, etc.), and it is not a legal defense to manslaughter should one of the participants die as a result of the altercation.
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Posted 13 November 2012 - 12:22 AM

good call on the skip to part. I get that they are out trying to stop crime, but they are also going to initiate with drunks who know who they are and want to prove something. Which this situation seems to be. The police seem more hellbent on creating a problem than solving it.

The guy threatened to follow him to his house and threatened his family. I fail to see how Phoenix Jones, who was trying to vacate the area, is initiating anything. He tried to leave, they followed, he continued to try to leave, they continued to follow and threatened his family. Seems like adequate grounds for an ass whomping to me ...
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Posted 13 November 2012 - 12:26 AM

Me thinks phoenix jones has had some MMA training .
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Posted 13 November 2012 - 12:27 AM

Me thinks phoenix jones has had some MMA training .


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Right when the fight started you could tell he was a fighter of some sort
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Posted 13 November 2012 - 12:29 AM

The guy threatened to follow him to his house and threatened his family. I fail to see how Phoenix Jones, who was trying to vacate the area, is initiating anything. He tried to leave, they followed, he continued to try to leave, they continued to follow and threatened his family. Seems like adequate grounds for an ass whomping to me ...


I agree with that, but that's not what I was meaning. 4 guys in superhero attire are going to garner attention, and with drunks, likely the wrong kind. I am not condoning what these guys were doing and they did the right thing by calling the cops. Once Police were there though, thats where it should have ended.

Contain the drunks and allow the Superheroes to leave the area, hell throw the drunks in the tank, Problem solved. The cops allowed the situation to escalate into something that could have got really ugly.

This

Right when the fight started you could tell he was a fighter of some sort


http://en.wikipedia....i/Phoenix_Jones


Slippery slope down there if they continue to allow this sort of vigilante justice to take place.

Edited by zero-ONE-three, 13 November 2012 - 12:33 AM.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 12:34 AM

that was awesome
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Posted 13 November 2012 - 12:39 AM

People who take off their shirts to fight are the worst :picard:
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Posted 13 November 2012 - 12:50 AM

I agree with that, but that's not what I was meaning. 4 guys in superhero attire are going to garner attention, and with drunks, likely the wrong kind. I am not condoning what these guys were doing and they did the right thing by calling the cops. Once Police were there though, thats where it should have ended.

Contain the drunks and allow the Superheroes to leave the area, hell throw the drunks in the tank, Problem solved. The cops allowed the situation to escalate into something that could have got really ugly.



http://en.wikipedia....i/Phoenix_Jones


Slippery slope down there if they continue to allow this sort of vigilante justice to take place.


I wonder if the guy in the orange shirt or the guy who took off his shirt knew he was a MMA fighter
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Posted 13 November 2012 - 12:53 AM

Me thinks phoenix jones has had some MMA training .


"My goal is to keep the people safe and to uphold the law. That is why I called the official authorities to report the crime and then later, under the SPD's supervision, engaged in legal mutual combat. I spend time studying the laws applicable to my nightly activities in addition to the time I spend in the gym training in combat." - PJ


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Posted 13 November 2012 - 12:57 AM

orange shirt must have known he was in trouble when the first strike landed on him was a legit leg kick.
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Posted 13 November 2012 - 12:57 AM

Hmm, it may be legal to fight as willing participants, but it's not legal to breach the peace; which both of them are clearly doing.

I don't see what this law accomplishes...
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Posted 13 November 2012 - 01:11 AM

The guy in the orange shirt should have hit him with one of those invisible paint cans he was holding.
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Posted 13 November 2012 - 01:16 AM

lol, seriously.....
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Posted 13 November 2012 - 01:17 AM

What a stupid law.
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Posted 13 November 2012 - 01:23 AM

People who take off their shirts to fight are the worst :picard:


I usually take my pants off to fight
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Posted 13 November 2012 - 01:25 AM

Hmm, it may be legal to fight as willing participants, but it's not legal to breach the peace; which both of them are clearly doing.

I don't see what this law accomplishes...


Neither do I, it will only spiral out of control until something serious happens. If cops are willing to stand by and watch this stuff happens, whats next?

I usually take my pants off to fight



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Posted 13 November 2012 - 01:33 AM

I need to save this video for the next time someone plays the "The cops wouldn't just stand and watch like linesman do if two guys started fighting in the middle of the street" argument about hockey fighting.
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Posted 13 November 2012 - 02:21 AM

That was great
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Posted 13 November 2012 - 04:33 AM

I enjoyed that. I didn't catch the initial conflict, apparently orange shirt was claiming Pheonix 'assaulted' him even though through much of the video Pheonix is trying to walk away. What the hell was orange shirt thinking, Pheonix is visibly stronger, while orange shirt has quite the gut. Pheonix earned my respect when he neglected to use the bear spray he had on his belt, he engaged in one on one combat and won fairly. Good stuff.
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Posted 13 November 2012 - 09:14 AM

The guy blathering "he called quits dawg" sounded like he was crying. I did get a pretty good laugh seeing him pacing around with his shirt off screaming "I know how to fight".
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Posted 13 November 2012 - 12:32 PM

Great law. Even better outcome. Couldn't ask for anything more. Good job PJ as usual.
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Posted 13 November 2012 - 12:46 PM

People who take off their shirts to fight are the worst :picard:


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Posted 13 November 2012 - 01:19 PM

laughed so hard when that "HE CALLED QUITS BRO" guy tried to intimidate a guy twice his size :lol:
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Posted 13 November 2012 - 01:25 PM

he should have fought the guy who took his shirt off as well..... would have been nice seeing to moron's laid out
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Posted 13 November 2012 - 01:54 PM

That was awesome. Just checked out the dude on the wikipedia and I guess Pheonix Jones has had some run-ins with the law because of his masked charades.
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Posted 13 November 2012 - 02:14 PM

my question is when he was walking away why did he not just continue walking there really is no need for him to turn back and initiate the fight
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