So, I walked out of a friend's house about an hour ago to leave and there was a guy screaming at some woman in the street (near bus stop). I then watched him hit her up side the head so I went over and asked if there was a problem and that freaking bully went off on me, of course, calling me the B and C words.
I pulled out my phone and started to record while asking her if she was ok and needed me to call the police...she said she was ok and started walking down the road. I told her I would drive her someone safe if she needed me to right then and there...and he came at me and I stood my ground and told him to go head and hit me that I wasn't scared to put his sorry ass in jail. He swiped at my phone and continued you calling me names that, if I said similar to someone of his race, I would be labeled a racist. But, I guess you can call people names as long as they are white BECAUSE no one stepped in to help me or tell him to stop saying those things. Anyhow, by this time we had a crowd and he walked away toward the woman. So I called the police....gave them a rundown of what happened and the guy's name (the lady had said it) and description and I left.
My friend then yelled at me that I should have let them be and not gotten involved. Seriously? Is that what people do these days? Ignore and walk by?
So...what would have YOU done?
Was I wrong to step in?
I filled out a police report and sent the video via text to the officer who took my report.
If that woman ends up dead tonight, at the very least, they have a suspect.
I voted to 'call police from a distance' because I am a 5'3" , older person who breaks easily, so it would be useless for me to confront almost anyone, which really pisses me off by the way. However, if I really thought someones life was in danger, I would like to think that I would intervene physically.
I did call the police on a neighbor, years ago, because he was beating the crap out of his partner. The very next day he was at my door yelling at me for calling the police. Luckily I had a locked security door. It was a bit unnerving but I would have done the same thing again if I deemed it necessary.
I am impressed by your action but can't testify that I would display your level of bravery as that scene could have quickly turned very ugly with you at the receiving end.
My next door neighbor WAS a cop and she was weary that such situations. . . "You just never know" could end her life. . . . and she was trained, wore bullet-proof vest, and carried a sidearm.
First - way to go - I'm proud of you, and sure glad you weren't hurt - which is always a possibility.
I like to think I would have done the same - and in some instances I have. All depends on the situation.
I do believe we need to help one another if we can !
Your intervention may give her the strength to leave a bad situation. At the very least the DA has evidence to press charges against him without her testimony if she doesn't choose to press charges on her own. I have helped a friend leave an abusive relationship and she said after the fact that she would have ended up dead without my intervention, although she resented it a little at the time. I strongly believe if you see something wrong happen and do nothing, you are complicit in the action.
I would have said something the moment it became physical. There is no excuse to hit anyone. I would have stood my ground making sure the woman was safe. I would have also then called the police and I form them of what happened. I would have done what you did. The sad part is that there are people out there that do not think very highly of themselves and think that the situation they are in is the best it is going to get. I would have called the police, like I said, but it would have been up to the woman to press charges and I'd almost bet money that she wouldn't do so.
This kind of shit goes on because people don't speak up and confront these assholes.
It IS everyone's business.
If you're going to be some sort of abusive asshole, on a public street, and commit assault, you should expect to be called on it.
You should also expect that someone is going to call the police on your sorry ass.
Good for you for not being afraid to do the right thing.