With the city embroiled in another police violence scandal, it’s hard to know just how amused we should be by this news that real-life superheroes are patrolling Seattle streets — and driving a borrowed Kia to Capitol Hill:
In one instance, police say a caped crusader dressed in black was nearly shot when he came running out of a dark park. In another case, a witness on Capitol Hill saw the crusaders wearing ski masks in a car parked at a Shell station and thought they were going to rob the place.
Police got the license plate and found those masked characters drove a Kia Fate registered to one of the character’s godmothers, department staff said. She told police her godson goes around doing good deeds.
CHS heard that 911 callout to the Broadway and Pike Shell station via the police scanner. Nobody was laughing at the time. Still, the effort put forth by these real-life Batmen Is pretty incredible. The Seattle PI story points to this Real Life Super Hero Manual site that documents everything from useful gadgets, to body armor to first aid. We also found the flashier, more marketing savvy http://www.reallifesuperheroes.org/ site complete with links to Facebook and Twitter accounts.
With the investigation into the latest allegation of Seattle Police Department brutality, it’s odd timing for the real-life superheroes to make their big media debut but there’s probably no stopping a story including characters like Thorn, Buster Doe, Green Reaper, Gemini, No Name, Catastrophe, Thunder 88, Penelope and Phoenix Jones the Guardian of Seattle. CHS certainly couldn’t pass it up. You can start thinking of your superhero name now.
The PI reports that one of the Seattle TV stations will be out on the streets with some of these caped crusaders Friday night.