Amendment Fair Comment and Criticism and (sarcasm font) "grab
bag" exception to copyright, blog post by John Hoff
In the amazing North Vent Facebook forum, where Northsiders are discussing neighborhood issues and working to solve these issues daily, there has been a lot of talk about parcels being stolen from doorsteps. One neighbor managed to capture images of the parcel thief and disseminated that image on North Vent...
Pictured above is a still from a video frame which was shared on North Vent. As you can see, the thief is some kind of evil specter and has NO FACE. (I'm sure that's just a function of the movement and the camera but all the same, it's weird and creepy)
At least one North Minneapolis resident is leaving poop packages on his own steps, hoping the thief will strike. Some Northside neighbors have offered to contribute their pet poop to this ongoing effort. There has been much discussion about this topic, some of it light-hearted and some of it, well, it's a good thing "clear and present danger" is the test for Free Speech in this particular instance.
In an effort to help my neighbors avoid unnecessary legal entanglements I'd like to point out using deadly force to protect mere PROPERTY is contrary to law so keep in mind exploding booby traps (like the one below, posted on the same North Vent discussion forum) are out of the question.
Then again, sometimes what HAPPENS in the hood STAYS in the hood.