According to nydailynews.com “The search giant’s street-mapping cameras have caught a strange scene in a Detroit neighborhood, at an address that seems to be the same location where a baby was found dead in a closet earlier this year . . . In several images immortalized on the site’s Street View map function, a group of young men can be seen standing on the porch of a house which is reportedly identical to the home where 17-month-old Zyia Turner was found dead under a pile of clothes in her grandmother’s closet.” Pointing a shotgun at Google’s camera car. Guess who noticed . . .
The eerie Street View shot, noticed by Maryland meteorologist Jacob Wkyoff, shows a group of young men standing on the front porch of the eyes, eyeing the street . . .
Maryland meteorologist Jacob Wykoff, who was recently in Detroit on a business trip, spotted the Google maps image, and said he could hardly believe it.
“I was actually just there in July,” Wykoff said. “It’s certainly uneasy to see that type of stuff, I guess it happens in any major city, but Detroit sort of has a reputation now … That he actually points the gun at him?”
So a MD weatherman somehow noticed an image of a shotgun wielding teen in Detroit (from the billions of images at Google maps), correlated the address with a news story, downed a margarita or two (judging from his syntax) and couldn’t be bothered to Google Michigan gun laws.
To its credit, detroitcbslocal.com sets their readers straight on that whole shotgun pointing thing. Ish.
If the gunman was ever identified, is this a crime? Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said not necessarily.
Worthy said a lot of questions would need to be answered.”Was it this person’s home? Because you do have a right to bear arms in your home. Certainly it looks like he’s on a porch that’s attached to a home, so that would not be a legal issue. Is this person an adult or a juvenile?”
Worthy said, in certain circumstances, even pointing a gun at someone is not illegal, if you feel threatened.
What is it with anti-gunners, the media and feelings? In this case and generally speaking, you can’t point a gun at someone (or a Google Street View car) if you FEEL threatened. You can only aim a gun at someone if you ARE threatened.
Never mind. It’s all about PR, apparently.
But will this image available to anyone trying to plot out a route in Detroit put another black eye on the city?
Worthy said the image just “adds another layer” to the poor opinion many already have.
Marc Hoffman [ED: who?] wrote on Facebook, “If I was the driver, I would refuse to drive down any of those streets.”
Merry Campbell [ED: who?] hopes Google re-shoots the image for the sake of the city. “It’s a shame the image is being shown,” she wrote on Facebook. “It gives a terrible impression of the city, which already has a bad reputation, as it is. I hope that whoever is in charge at Google maps will reshoot it!
So to speak.