Real-life superhero Phoenix Jones had his nose broken by a couple of bandits while out fighting crime. Jones, who can be seen in this video wearing a nifty costume fitting for a protector of the streets, was attacked and held at gunpoint after trying to break up a fight in the Belltown neighborhood of Seattle. Naturally, Police Detective Mark Jamieson discourages this kind of vigilante crime-fighting. “Don’t insert yourself into those kinds of situations,” said Jamieson. “If you see something, call 911.”
Jamieson’s words of warning make sense; it’s hard out there for a civilian superhero. But if I were being beaten up or had just been mugged, I’d be more than happy to let Phoenix Jones come to my rescue. And while I don’t expect any of you to put on a lycra bodysuit and a cape and take to the streets any time soon, isn’t Jones’ concern for complete strangers kind of refreshing?