SEATTLE -- Self-styled superhero Phoenix Jones patrolled the streets of Seattle's University District Friday with thoughts of last year's May Day melee fresh in his mind.
“Someone threw something that exploded and it caught fire in front of the court house,” he recalled. “That's when knew this is it. We can't retreat.”
Jones jumped into action last May Day as anarchist rioters tried to storm the old Federal Court House. Jones and his small band of caped crusaders repelled the advancing anarchists, and he said he'll do it again.
“The police had to stand down and were not allowed to do anything. We didn't stand down and we did something. We will act,” Jones said.
One major review of SPD's response to last year's May Day riots concluded the department should “restrict superheroes from … interfering with law enforcement operations.” The report was written by former Los Angles Police Deputy Chief Michael Hillmann. It essentially said Phoenix Jones should stick to the comic book stores.
Jones posted a video railing against the report.
“I am super mad!” He shouts to the camera, adding, “Michael Hillmann, I hope your kids don't have Batman posters in their house because you are a superhero hater!”
In what is, no doubt, the first ever claim of its kind, Jones said he's being discriminated against because he is a superhero and chooses to put himself in harm’s way to fight for what is right. He believes the only thing that differentiates him from any other Good Samaritan is his crimefighter costume.
“So, being a hero on accident is OK, but when you go out to be a hero on purpose, you're bad. That doesn't make sense,” said Jones.
Should the forces of anarchy rear their heads again next week, Jones said he’ll be ready. This year, he said about two dozen others will join forces to form their own “Justice League” -- should the "mayday" call go out.
“If we see something, we're gonna go into the crowd, find the guy that did it and hold him down until the police show up,” said Jones.
An SPD spokesman says the department has no plans to restrict Jones, or any law abiding citizen, during the May Day demonstrations.