Google Street View Camera Captures the Business End of a Gun

Jessica Roy, Beta Beat, September 19, 2012


A Redditor published a screencap from a Google Maps street view camera today that shows a gaggle of young men and one woman hanging out on a front porch in Detroit. Innocent enough, except that one of the young men is holding what looks to be a shotgun. As the streetview camera drives off onto the next block, the kid aims the gun at the car.


Update: A couple of Betabeat readers have pointed out that this is the same house where a one-year-old girl was found dead in a closet back in June. Ziya Turner was reported missing by her uncle before being found by cadaver dogs in the closet some hours later. Autopsy results were never released. The family cooperated with police and no one was arrested in connection to the death.


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  • jedsrael

    When will John Cougar Mellancamp write a song about this?

    • The__Bobster

      I suppose John Pussy Watermeloncamp has to do something creative from time to time. What was his last song, the one about the Jena 6?

      • Up to my neck in CA

        It’s John Cougar Menstrualcramp

  • Puggg

    I can understand why the leader of the Porchises was ready to do battle.  We fear that which we don’t comprehend.  You have to figure that all the cars that go along that street are either junkers, lemons, hooptees, or new Escalades or Chrysler 300s that the local drug dealers own.  When a car not like that and with a camera on top to record images for Google goes down the street, it has to be about as shocking as a helicopter flying over Papua New Guinean tribesmen.

    • Tim_in_Indiana

      Great, I just bought a used car that’s popular with black dealers. At least it doesn’t have RIMZ!

      • Doesn’t have RIMZ yet, you mean.  

    • Exactly. That’s the imagery I was going for.

  • Defiant White

    If he can’t eat it of eff it then the “thing” has no value.   The white man’s technology astounds the negro.  The concept of mapping streets must seem other-wordly. 

    I guess this particular bunch was out of bows and arrows, hence the shotgun.  My guess is that had the creature pulled the trigger, the gun would have exploded from years of rust and built up gunk. 

    Decapitating yourself while firing the white man’s shooting stick:   Just another example of the inability to deal with the white world. 

    • Major

      That’s why they’re called “PM’s”…they stay on the porch so there’s less of a mess to clean up.

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    This story reminds me of the CollegeHumor Google Street View Guys.

  • potato78

    I think that google should not place the street name on any google’s map.   Let nobody find the street name and the place for such stupid action.

    • Detroit_WASP

      GPS makers were going to add a “dangerous area” warning to it’s devices.  Black leaders were outraged.  Don’t remember what happened with that.

  • Detroit_WASP

    This is funny because I have to take pictures and vids of buildings/houses for my business.  I always hide the camera when the natives look restless. 

    Notice the  pretty good condition of the house.  This is likely a rental house that a white person bought, fixed up and rented out on a section 8.   The wood privacy fence on the left indicates there is a vacant lot there.  It is not unusual to see several blocks in a row where 50-90% of the houses are GONE.

    In spite of most of the citizens being gone, the city must still maintain the streets, street lights, fire hydrants for the people living there who PAY NO TAXES.   In those areas EVERYONE in on government aide and oblivious to the billions spent on them to keep the cradle to grave party going.  I think 47% of Americans don’t pay income taxes.  I’d bet 80% of Detroiters don’t pay taxes. 

    I do remember the story about the little girl being found dead in a closet.  The uncle likely killed her.    So many black kids die at the hands of relatives in Detroit it is astonishing.  I am guessing about one kid per month is killed by a relative. 

    We have a murder per day if you count all ages.  Most of the murder is black on black.   But blacks kill whites in Michigan at a rate of 16 to 1 based on my own study done over one year. 

    The sad part is….Detroit is the future of this country.   WAKE UP WHITEY!!

  • I asked several GPS companies over the phone if they could provide a feature in their GPS receivers that would identify high crime areas of towns and cities so out of town visitors could avoid them.  Could Google provide that feature in their next release.  Next time Google goes into one of those neighborhoods they may not get out with their lives.

  • IstvanIN

    Doesn’t everyone sit on the front porch with a gun at their side?  

  • Puggg

    I always thought a Google Street View car was rather unassuming and had a camera on top that didn’t appear obvious.  Turns out the camera is sophisticated and mounted above the car roof well above it.  The car is also obviously indicated as a GSV car.  No wonder these people were suspicious.  In contrast, I would be curious, and I would go have a look not pointing a shotgun at the driver.


    • The Worlds Scapegoat

       I saw a google car and the camera didn’t look like that. It looked something like a large diameter emergency light with a large mirror that rotated.

    • Up to my neck in CA

      Thats what got the Zulu’s into a frenzy, it be gub’ment spy car wooking at the poo inno’cent black man!

      • They were probably worried it was sending out sterilization radiation. Hmmm, not a bad idea.

  • IKantunderstand

    Finally, someone is showing the rich part of Detroit. Gaze at these fine domiciles! Two houses in a row that are STILL STANDING!!! Frankly, all this negative talk about Detroit is pure propaganda. Seriously, the place is Shangri-La.( If,  you currently live in the congo, or liberia, or gambia, or the ivory coast…or well, africa.Or haiti, jamaica.) Gosh, I think, (I could be wrong) but a black living in a ghetto of America, is still a thousands times better off than a black living ANYWHERE else. I think we should send black convicts to africa. We will pay x-amount of dollars to take them. An amount that would be a bonanza to them, but a pittance to us,(especially considerating the costs of sex change operations). It’s a win win, blacks from the U.S. get to reconnect with their roots. And, as everybody says, blacks in the U.S. are smarter, well, then,  they should be able to take over and elevate the society over there. Talk about “giving back to the community”.  Whites do it all the time.  Let’s force blacks to do it. God knows, they owe more than anyone.

  • The Worlds Scapegoat

    Remove the blacks from the picture and that neighborhood doesn’t look too bad.

    •  Well, it would need about five to fifteen years of reconstruction and new families moving in providing social capital.  But yeah, if the Blacks left, it could be beautiful again in the blink of an eye.

  • CoweringCoward

    Higher quality dwelling (due to it’s having been built by a superior, extinct people), same scene as Mogadishu otherwise.

  • Puggg

    I suspect our shotgun-toting “youf” has already made close acquaintances with the state-owned graybar hotels.  Or at the very least,  he might already be a convicted felon.  If I’m right, we have documented proof of felon in possession, ergo 5 years or so in Federal prison.

  • When I first saw this, it reminded me of something but I couldn’t place it. Today  it finally came to me. It looks just like the video of a group of stone age tribesmen shooting arrows at a low-flying airplane. The White mans magic is something new. Soon, expect to see hoopties trawling the streets of Chicago with woks duct taped to the roofs. Or anything that resembles whatever it is on the top of that Google car. A modern day cargo cult.