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#1 +techbeck

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Posted 26 June 2014 - 19:21

Police in southern New Jersey are looking for a woman who was caught on video Tuesday beating a mother in front of her toddler, who tried to intervene.

 

As bystanders watched and some recorded it on cellphones, police say Latia Harris, 25, pummeled the mother and kicked her in the back on a trail in Salem, N.J. The suspect is heard threatening to attack the victim's 2-year-old son, who was kicking at her legs to stop her from landing another blow.

 

"You better get your son before I kick him in the f---ing face, too," Harris allegedly yells in the video. A group of people formed around the attack, but only the son protected his mom.

 

Police Chief John Pelura III told The South Jersey Times that the video is "sickening to watch." She faces charges of aggravated assault and two counts of making terroristic threats, the paper reported.

 

Pelura says the victim, who was found bloodied and disoriented, was treated at a hospital and told officers a woman named "Tia," who works at McDonald's, accused her of spreading rumors about her and her manager. Police obtained the video before it was removed from Facebook.

 

More..

 

http://www.foxnews.c...aught-on-video/

 

Years ago, people were much more helpful in situations like this.  Now a days, people are to afraid if getting hurt themselves, or getting sued, to do anything to help out a fellow human. 

 

Pretty damn said what this world is coming to.




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Posted 26 June 2014 - 19:26

Agreed even if they did not want to get involved in the fight the least they could have done is protect the child



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Posted 26 June 2014 - 19:31

sad day when people would rather pull out there phones instead of stopping an attack ...



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Posted 26 June 2014 - 19:52

sad day when people would rather pull out there phones instead of stopping an attack ...

It is sad, but its also sad when people do try to stop an attack then someone gets hurt and tries to sue. Its happened before



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Posted 26 June 2014 - 21:54

In Michigan self defenders, regardless if they're defending another party or how they do it, have civil immunity from the perp or their families. This can cover beating them off or deadly force if necessary.

Many other states have similar laws.

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Posted 26 June 2014 - 22:14

You have two things at play here. One is the world in which we have access to immediate technology. That is to say, some people would rather get this on camera and post it to YouTube first before dialing 911, or even giving the recorded video to authorities.

 

Two, is the old, "I don't want to get involved" syndrome. This has always existed from, people ignoring domestic abuse to trying to sweep rape under a rug after a victim comes forward. It's easier to stand by and do nothing. But, this can also be a matter of personal safety as well.

 

A friend of our family's, a kid my brother grew up with was coming back from a birthday party one late Saturday/early Sunday morning. They saw what appeared to be an accident on the side of the road and pulled over. He got out of the car to see if he could help the victim of the accident. The guy in the car shot and killed him as he approached. The guy went on to shoot and kill another person as well as wound a cop before being shot himself.

 

It hurt me to see this kid I had known since he was about 9 or 10 lose his life just trying to help somebody. But, what really scared me was that it could've been my brother that night.

 

A similar incident occurred here as well when a guy speeding at 100mph slammed his SUV into a truck stopped at a light, killing the driver. A bystander crossing the street, ran to the SUV first to see if he could help the driver. The SUV driver shot him in the head and killed him.

 

To be honest, I told my family members and friends that if you see something, call 911 as opposed to try and help someone in need. Truthfully, it's a really fine line. Because, you want to help, but so many people out there are willing to do you harm for daring to intervene.

 

The question becomes, what do you do? At what point do you risk your safety, and perhaps that of others, by getting involved in order to help someone else?



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Posted 26 June 2014 - 23:37

You get involved immediately because it's the right thing to do. Waiting could risk the victim sustaining a serious or fatal injury.

IOW: do the right thing, dammit.

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 06:05

You have two things at play here. One is the world in which we have access to immediate technology. That is to say, some people would rather get this on camera and post it to YouTube first before dialing 911, or even giving the recorded video to authorities.

 

Two, is the old, "I don't want to get involved" syndrome. This has always existed from, people ignoring domestic abuse to trying to sweep rape under a rug after a victim comes forward. It's easier to stand by and do nothing. But, this can also be a matter of personal safety as well.

 

A friend of our family's, a kid my brother grew up with was coming back from a birthday party one late Saturday/early Sunday morning. They saw what appeared to be an accident on the side of the road and pulled over. He got out of the car to see if he could help the victim of the accident. The guy in the car shot and killed him as he approached. The guy went on to shoot and kill another person as well as wound a cop before being shot himself.

 

It hurt me to see this kid I had known since he was about 9 or 10 lose his life just trying to help somebody. But, what really scared me was that it could've been my brother that night.

 

A similar incident occurred here as well when a guy speeding at 100mph slammed his SUV into a truck stopped at a light, killing the driver. A bystander crossing the street, ran to the SUV first to see if he could help the driver. The SUV driver shot him in the head and killed him.

 

To be honest, I told my family members and friends that if you see something, call 911 as opposed to try and help someone in need. Truthfully, it's a really fine line. Because, you want to help, but so many people out there are willing to do you harm for daring to intervene.

 

The question becomes, what do you do? At what point do you risk your safety, and perhaps that of others, by getting involved in order to help someone else?

 

I'm glad I live in a country where horrific things like you describe just don't happen. Even the lunatics that hacked poor Lee Rigby to death with a machete, didn't turn on any bystanders...



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Posted 27 June 2014 - 06:20

I'm shocked by how many people thought it was more appropriate to jerk out the cell phones and start filming than to, at the very least, pull the child away, or maybe even, oh I dono, locate a pair of gonads and stop the situation altogether?  If she had pulled a gun or knife and killed the girl, would they have recorded that too?  The complacency of people these days kills me.



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Posted 27 June 2014 - 06:51

You get involved immediately because it's the right thing to do. Waiting could risk the victim sustaining a serious or fatal injury.

IOW: do the right thing, dammit.

Again, that's easy to say when you're not in those situations. Waiting could also avoid you and others sustaining a serious or fatal injury. The two instances aren't the only ones where ordinary citizens have died trying to help someone they thought needed it. Those are just two of the ones that were a little closer to home. If that had been any of us trying to help in those situations, we would be dead too. Sure you'd be eulogized as someone who was trying to do the right thing, someone who simply wanted to help as they were, but you'd still be dead.

 

As I said, it's a fine line. You don't just run around town drawing a gun on people when you think it may be necessary. You also don't just jump head first into every volatile situation you come across.

 

Another story in a different vein (I got a million of 'em). I was coming from a Cowboy game one Sunday night and as we walked to our cars we could hear someone revving the heck outta their engine. It was a Volkswagen beetle with aftermarket exhaust and all that jazz. The tires screeched as they raced outta the lot.

 

I hit the on ramp to get onto the highway. This is single lane with a decline and a sloping, grassy embankment. I hear the revving engine again and look in the rearview of my car to see that same Beetle that had left the parking lot before I did. Mind you, I have two people's kids in my car and another adult.

 

The driver of the Beetle, who I would later find out was a 20 year old girl, decides I'm getting on too slow and tries to go around me. As I said, this is a single lane on ramp, so both cars can't fit. The Beetle is beside me. I could've literally reached out and touched the other car. I had no room on the right to move as there was a curb and I didn't want to hit the brakes as there were other cars behind us. Well, she runs out of road and careens down the embankment throwing grass, rocks, and dust back upon the car I was driving.

 

The Beetle slams into the concrete base of a light pole, goes airborne for about 30 feet before coming down on its side, sliding to a stop and bursting into flames. 

 

At this point I'm furious. I'm furious that this idiot just endangered not only their lives, but the lives of myself and everyone in the car with me. I was so mad that I almost kept driving. But, I couldn't do it. I couldn't let people possibly die knowing I may have been able to save them.

 

I pulled off of the bottom of the ramp where a median was, grabbed a cooler we had taken to the game that was full of water, and raced to the car. I dumped it on the fire and several other cars began stopping and coming over to help put the fire out. There was blood everywhere. The girl was stuck under the steering wheel screaming and the guy with her was unconscious. Both of them lived by the way.

 

But, I said that to say this. I ran to help them, yes, because it was the right thing to do. I ignored my anger, and the raging flames to try and save someone. Could I have been burned or run over by a passing car and killed? Sure. Did I think about that at the time? No. Each circumstance is different and this is waaay too long of a post. Fine line. 



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Posted 27 June 2014 - 07:34

You have two things at play here. One is the world in which we have access to immediate technology. That is to say, some people would rather get this on camera and post it to YouTube first before dialing 911, or even giving the recorded video to authorities.

 

Two, is the old, "I don't want to get involved" syndrome. This has always existed from, people ignoring domestic abuse to trying to sweep rape under a rug after a victim comes forward. It's easier to stand by and do nothing. But, this can also be a matter of personal safety as well.

 

A friend of our family's, a kid my brother grew up with was coming back from a birthday party one late Saturday/early Sunday morning. They saw what appeared to be an accident on the side of the road and pulled over. He got out of the car to see if he could help the victim of the accident. The guy in the car shot and killed him as he approached. The guy went on to shoot and kill another person as well as wound a cop before being shot himself.

 

It hurt me to see this kid I had known since he was about 9 or 10 lose his life just trying to help somebody. But, what really scared me was that it could've been my brother that night.

 

A similar incident occurred here as well when a guy speeding at 100mph slammed his SUV into a truck stopped at a light, killing the driver. A bystander crossing the street, ran to the SUV first to see if he could help the driver. The SUV driver shot him in the head and killed him.

 

To be honest, I told my family members and friends that if you see something, call 911 as opposed to try and help someone in need. Truthfully, it's a really fine line. Because, you want to help, but so many people out there are willing to do you harm for daring to intervene.

 

The question becomes, what do you do? At what point do you risk your safety, and perhaps that of others, by getting involved in order to help someone else?

In both those cases, sounds to me like, yet again, guns are to blame. Those people never would have died if the culprits didn't have a gun on them. I have never heard of a similar case where when you go to help someone, they shoot you in the head. This can only happen in America.



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Posted 27 June 2014 - 07:41

Absolutely sickening, and I've seen videos of stuff you wouldn't believe in my time. Ruined my afternoon.

 

If is clear from the delighted cries of OOOH! the reason nobody intervened is because they were enjoying the spectacle too much. 



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Posted 27 June 2014 - 08:56

Again, that's easy to say when you're not in those situations. Waiting could also avoid you and others sustaining a serious or fatal injury.
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I have been, several times. Too many people avoid their civic responsibility when things like this happen. They make a big show of supporring food or income assistance indirectly through government, but won't get their pampered hands dirty when it really counts; to save the same persons life from a predator. Disgusting.

Do the right thing. Period

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Posted 27 June 2014 - 08:56

In Michigan self defenders, regardless if they're defending another party or how they do it, have civil immunity from the perp or their families. This can cover beating them off or deadly force if necessary.

Many other states have similar laws.

 

i live in Michigan and i did not know that ;)

 

places need common sense laws like this as in a case like in the topic if someone stepped in to help here they should be immune from any penalties for helping someone. it's just sad that we actually even 'need' laws to protect us from lawsuits from the bad guy/girl and their families in the first place as the bad guy is the bad guy. must be some shady lawyers who would take those types of cases (like helping the bad guy) is the way i see it.

 

but i see a lot of people in this general topic saying they would have helped. but i think a lot of people tend to avoid conflict in general nowadays especially if they ain't pretty sure they can escape injury. to be honest... i am not sure what i would do in a situation like that as i agree the best thing to do is to stop the person from getting injured. but i guess when a situation like that comes some people jump to the occasion and act while others kind of freeze. but being the person who recorded the video was calm enough to record it you would have thought they would have had their head together in that situation and done something especially when that person was going off, on what appeared to be the face area, for a while as after a while it seems like you would have to step in and help otherwise they could get really messed up. i feel sorry for the person who got beat up but the kid seeing that crap is probably even worse.



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Posted 27 June 2014 - 09:04

And that's why you could have a gun for. Shoot her in the face and be done with it. Stupid cow.