Blogger Says “Maroun’s Goons” Harassed him in Public Park

A former reporter with the Detroit Free Press, claims that he was on two occasions, harassed by private security guards working on behalf of billionaire Matty Moroun.

Reuters reported today that

Manuel “Matty” Moroun, an owner of the Detroit International Bridge Co that controls the Ambassador Bridge, along with company president Dan Stamper were booked at Wayne County Jail. They will be held until they comply with a February 2010 court order to complete the project, or until they no longer have the power to do so.

Joel Thurtell worked for the Detroit Free Press from 1983 until his retirement in 2007. Since then he has been writing a blog called Joeltheroad.com. He wrote on his blog on September 24, 2008

The billionaire owner of the Ambassador Bridge has grabbed parts of two City of Detroit Parks and — maybe to cover up his takeover — he’s banned photography from what remains of the publicly-owned park. He claims authority under Homeland Security, but city officials tell me the feds say he’s acting on his own.
I found out about this by accident on Monday, September 22, 2008, while exploring one of the parks.
I almost fell into Matty’s clutches.
One of his gunslingers tried to arrest me for taking photos in the city’s Riverside Extension Park.
Luckily, I made good my escape.

According to Thurtell, what happened on Sept 22, was his second run in with “Moroun’s Goons”.

First time it happened was Friday, September 19 on the Rouge River as I putt-putted in my motorboat up the freighter docking bay at SeverStal steel mill. A security guard huffed and puffed that I was boating in a “Marine Security Area” and had to get out pronto. He said he was going to take my boat number and report me to the Coast Guard. I reported on this incident in an earlier column, but since have talked to the Coast Guard and learned there are no boating restrictions on the Rouge River. The guard was full of crap. Nor did the SeverStal hired gun ever turn me in. He was REALLY full of crap.

Not surprisingly, Thurtell blogged today about Maroun. Read his post here.

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