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SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Officers at a San Francisco police station Friday thanked a homeless man who came to the aid of a colleague who was attacked when she tried to make an arrest.

After four days of looking for Ryan Raso, police at Ingleside Station finally found him. The 35-year-old was a wanted man; not as a suspect, but as a hero.

"An officer was being beaten up, a human; so I just did what's right, you know," Raso said.

It happened Monday evening, just after 7 p.m. A woman was causing trouble near the 4700 block of Mission Street.

"One of our officers responded to the report of a woman jumping up and down on cars, denting them, vandalizing them," Sgt. Eli Turner said.

Turner says the female officer was alone. The officer tried to calm the woman, who was much bigger than she is. Investigators say she became agitated and aggressive when the officer tried to arrest her.

Police say the woman then attacked the officer.

Raso was just crossing the street.

"The person had the officer kind of in a choke hold, was kind of, had the officer against the wall, kind of banging, beating her head into the wall," Raso said.

A small crowd stood by and watched.

"A law enforcement officer is saying, 'help me, help me' when there's no one else around doing anything," Raso said.

Raso says when the woman went for the officer's gun, he grabbed her and wrestled her down until other police arrived.

Investigators learned more about Raso when they talked to him. They found out his father was a former detective and that he was down on his luck.

He has been homeless; he's had a rough time in recent months," Turner said. "We wanted to reach out to him and let him know he has friends.

Cops at the station will try to find him shelter if he still needs it. And they chipped in to buy him new headphones, which were broken when he subdued the attacker.

Raso says his father, who was a New York City cop, would be proud of him.

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A small crowd stood by and watched.

"A law enforcement officer is saying, 'help me, help me' when there's no one else around doing anything," Raso said.

Pretty sad when the morals of others fall so low that someone completely down on their luck and struggling to survive day by day is more willing to help someone in need.

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Pretty sad when the morals of others fall so low that someone completely down on their luck and struggling to survive day by day is more willing to help someone in need.

Sad, but true. Too many people are afraid of being sued and/or injured.

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I would have done the same.  I've done so before, and will again.  It's just sad that it's the exception rather than the rule with most people these days.

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I would have done the same. I've done so before, and will again. It's just sad that it's the exception rather than the rule with most people these days.

Its because people are afraid of being sued. Lets say they help the officer and the other woman hot injured because of it, she can then sue the helpers.

Ita why you see stories about doctors / paramedics not wanting to help people when they're off duty. Its pretty pathetic, but when helping someone could lead to you losing everything you have...the risk is just too much for some people.

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^ Your society is broken.

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^ Your society is broken.

It is and I think it's absolutely pathetic.

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The police should sue the attacker and give all the money to the homeless guy.

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The police should sue the attacker and give all the money to the homeless guy.

 

The police are doing their job and getting attacked is a hazard of the job, so you can't really sue directly except to charge the person for assault and battery of an officer. You have to give credit to this officer didn't pull out a taser or pepper spray even though he could probably tell the woman was much larger than he could handle before he got into the tussle.

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The police are doing their job and getting attacked is a hazard of the job, so you can't really sue directly except to charge the person for assault and battery of an officer. You have to give credit to this officer didn't pull out a taser or pepper spray even though he could probably tell the woman was much larger than he could handle before he got into the tussle.

The officer was a woman ;-)

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The officer tried to calm the woman, who was much bigger than she is.

 

And no doubt on food assistance. :laugh:

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Its because people are afraid of being sued. Lets say they help the officer and the other woman hot injured because of it, she can then sue the helpers.

Ita why you see stories about doctors / paramedics not wanting to help people when they're off duty. Its pretty pathetic, but when helping someone could lead to you losing everything you have...the risk is just too much for some people.

Only in some states. Others have broad Good Samaritan or Self Defense laws that include civil immunity, but in others the laws coverage is too narrowly focussed. Here in Michigan anyone could have plugged or bludgeoned the perp under the SYG self defense law which covers defending third parties and provides civil immunity.
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Raso says his father, who was a New York City cop, would be proud of him.

 

I believe so. I am proud of him too. Not many want to do the right thing any more.

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This is better than "Hobo with a shotgun".

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