In this video you see Jack Cero being interviewed about what the New York Hero Intitiative is.
As you can see and hear, the Hero Initiative could be described as a vigilante operation or it could be described as one way in which concerned citizens can help their neighborhoods.
The Hero Intitiative is alive and operational and it seems the group seeks to harness the whole ‘super hero’ cartoon philiosophy of the all American, deeply moral person pitting themselves against evil.
There has just been a report in a Staten Island paper that Chris Pollock is a Staten Island ‘hero’. He says that he checks out the neighborhood at night wearing a bullet proof vest to help ward off bad guys and now he’s recruiting young kids into a youngsters superhero group.
The idea is to help kids appreciate their inner strengths, like care for others, empathy, and respect for the rule of law, a strong moral base, and use these values and qualitites in everyday life to do good.
Chris says he helps the homeless, tries to stop anti-gay attacks in Greenwich Village and tries to deter drug dealers in Washington Square Park. You will note that these locales are a fair way away from Staten Island where he lives.
The New York Hero Intitiative seems to have been going for about 5 years and while there’s no detailed information about their relationship with the police, they haven’t been shut down, so one can assume at least a degree of toleration for their activities if no outright endorsement, some understanding that these guys and the cops.
A committment to the good of others is always a fine things depending on how that ‘good’ is defined. I sincerely hope that anything the New York ‘heroes’ do is always done in a safe and respectful way even if they are dealing with their definition of baddies, otherwise it’s definitely vigilante behaviour.