Picture this. If you saw an act of terrorism happen on your bus ride to work, would you report it to the police? Or would you keep your mouth shut and do nothing, for fears of being called a snitch and receiving death threats? Or would you just suck it up and take matters into your own hands?
That wasn’t the case in Seattle, when 15-year-old Aiesha Steward-Baker asked police for help several times at a shopping center on Jan. 28, the day she was assaulted. Surveillance cameras captured three others ganging up on the girl, but the guards did nothing to try to stop the altercation. That’s because they are prohibited from doing so. See video of the attack on KIRO-TV Channel 7’s website.
Haven’t we learned anything from the Kitty Genovese stabbing? Kitty Genovese was stabbed at outside her apartment in the Kew Gardens section of Queens, New York March 13, 1964, and no one did crap. Another example of public indifference — or inaction — occured on the afternoon of May 30, 2008 when Angel Arce Torres was hit by one or two vehicles while trying to cross Park Street in Hartford. Both vehicles failed to stop. Other pedestrians watched Torres lying on the median of Park Street but never attempted to do anything. Torres fought for his life for less than a year, but sadly, he passed away on May 11, 2009 at age 79.