Pierre informs us that the viral website “Citizens for Batman” has just updated, adding a link to a set of forums on the right hand side, beneath the news column. This is not a forum you can sign up to — rather a forum posted to by citizens of Gotham city with their Batman experiences. Welcome their new acronym, “WWBD” or, “What would Batman do?”
Poster Reddy-Steddy has started a topic “I got a picture”, which contains a blurry Batmobile shot taken by him at “5th street”:
And here is an interesting extract from the topic “Garcetti is wrong”:
I support Batman but Garcetti, as a representative of the established civil authority really has to take that position. Batman exists outside the established authority and is therefore a threat to it. Think about it, there are over four hundred citizens for every cop, so the system works only if 1. the police are the only ones to enforce order and 2. most of us follow the rules and the police only have to deal with a few people who deviate.
The alternative is a world where anyone who has a grudge takes care of it themselves. That means that a person who feels wronged deals directly with his neighbor, shoots them if they feel its necessary. You get feuds and lawlessness and a survival of the fittest. The strong dominate the weak. By taking the law into his own hands, Batman threatens the police monopoly on maintaining order and could be seen as taking the first step towards that kind of lawlessness.
The problem is that the police are not keeping their end of the civil contract. We give them power with the understanding that they will maintain order. But anyone who lives in Gotham can see that order and safety are breaking down. We are already in a state of lawlessness. Batman is responding to the increasing disorder. And so are we by joining Citizens For Batman.
Pierre has also spotted that the name “Larry” posted in the Neighborhood watch thread refers to Larry Coniglia, entering this name in the record search at St Swithuns reveals his marriage certificate — which we have previously discovered by searching for Salvator Maroni (he is the witness)