Phoenix Jones outraged that May Day report slams him too

Phoenix Jones outraged that May Day report slams him too »Play Video
Ben Fodor, a self-styled superhero who goes by the name "Phoenix Jones," talks to reporters after Fodor appeared in court, Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
A recent, independent review of last year's "May Day" riots slammed the actions -- and "inactions" -- of the Seattle Police Department.

But also taking a hit in that report--a group of self-proclaimed crime fighters, led by "Phoenix Jones."

Several weeks ago, the play-by-play of much of what went wrong during last year's "May Day" protests was released.

It was researched and written by a former deputy police chief from the Los Angeles Police Department.

There's plenty of fingerpointing--but it's "finding number 28" that had an outraged Phoenix Jones nearly flying out of his superhero suit.

"It actually didn't really say anything is the worse part...it just points fingers without really making any claims," Jones said.

Phoenix Jones and one of his crimefighting partners, 'Rachet,' stopped by the KOMO Newsroom--to talk about their outrage.

The 'May Day' report claims that the 'Rain City Superhero Movement' was allowed to be a part of the melee at the Federal Building on Fifth Avenue back on May 1st, and that their participation resulted in "allegations of assaults and crimes."

Jones said he's flabbergasted by a lack of specifics.

"You just did a whole year's report to figure out what really happened and in your official report, you're gonna go with someone said? It's kinda absurd," Jones said.

Jones said during the height of the protests, police officers were standing down, and that's when he and his fellow self-appointed crime fighters "stepped up."

He said police were simply not doing anything during the chaos.

"There's what's right, and there's what's wrong. We stand for what's right. They can write whatever they want on pieces of paper, and if they have real proof they've back it up. If I broke the law, point out where it is and arrest me for it. If not, don't write words like allegations and say I cause crime that I don't cause. It's ridiculous," he said.

The independent review of the violence that rocked Seattle's business district found that Seattle police officers were confused over who was in charge -- and when they could actually use force to stop the crimes they were seeing.

A recommendation in the report says that police should work with the city attorney's office to piece together legal strategies to stop the superheroes from "creating crime and interfering with law enforcement."

In October 2011, Jones, whose given name is Ben Fodor, was investigated for four counts of assault after he allegedly pepper-sprayed a group of people near First Avenue and Columbia Street.

Fodor told investigators he had used the pepper spray in an attempt to break up a fight that broke out nearby.

A few weeks later, Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes cited problems with proof in the case and did not believe a jury would find without a reasonable doubt that Fodor intentionally spray-peppered the entire group at the scene.

Despite that decision, Holmes called Jones, "a deeply misguided individual," who has been warned that his actions put himself in danger," and "demonstrates that innocent bystanders can also be harmed."

Jones said he and his fellow caped crusaders are still on patrol, and will be again next Wednesday, May 1st, if any new problems erupt during protests.