Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Americans: Unengaged or Unfeeling...or Just Wusses?

Last night while we were learning some new self-defense moves our Sensei was saying that your first defense should always be a loud mouth...screaming "FIRE!", "RAPE!", or whatever it takes to get someone's attention. I get the idea and in a perfect world (one that didn't house Philadelphia), someone might actually come to your aid.

Later that night I was admonishing myself for being so cynical, but then I read this story:

"Police Say Bystanders didn't intervene in attack on 91-year-old: convenience store surveillance video shows each punch 91-year-old Leonard Sims took to the side of his face during a carjacking.

But the tape also caught a group of people standing only feet away who either didn't see the attack or chose not to get involved.

Sims was outside his car in the store parking lot about 8:30 p.m. when a man walked up and asked for a light for his cigarette, according to the prosecutor's office.

The man then punched Sims at least a half-dozen times in the side of his head while Sims held onto the car door. The video also shows the man using the door to knock Sims to the ground before taking the keys and driving off in the 2005 Chevy Malibu." (source)

I know it's iffy getting involved with a domestic violence case -we've all heard the horror stories of the woman that was being beat turning around and pressing charges against her would-be rescuer...but this. When it's a senior citizen, or a child...how can people just stand by?

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