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Grenade Launcher Hoax stirs Controversy

This video was shot by a Pheonix man named Micheal T. Hurley in where he had his 16 year old nephew dressed as a terrorist and tout around a faux Rocket Propelled Grande launcher in the middle of neighborhood while he had the camera rolling. The young boy in the video actually walked around the city pointing the RPG at cars, and people for over 15 minutes with no immediate response from authorities after several concerned calls to 911 from witnesses. Hurley stated that the entire video was done in order test police response time to an emergency situation.

Personally I agree with the ends to test your theory but I feel that this stunt was dangerous and over the top. This young man could have actually been shot on sight by authorities if they felt he was a legitimate threat, or a misguided vigilante might have taken matter into their own hands. Although I feel that emergency response times are grossly unacceptable, I feel that stunts like this only add to the problem and not the solution. refer to the story of the boy who cried wolf…after while no one cared when there was a real emergency. A Perfect example is my home city of Detroit where police no longer show up to calls that a re not life threatening emergency i.e. the reports of guns, gunshots, or gunfire mainly.
This is the reason we cannot waste time and resources on hoax’s and pranks like this video. I agree that things need to change as far response time but this is not he way to go. you can watch the short clip and judge for yourself. Below is a link to an article that describes the entire events of in full detail.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/27/michael-turley-grenade-youtube-video_n_1918706.html

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