Blind Man Assaulted While Bystanders Watch
Philadelphia police chief says it's a growing problem
By Newsy, a Newser Video Partner
Posted Oct 10, 2013 10:12 AM CDT
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(Newser) – The assault of a helpless blind man in Philadelphia—captured on video. The footage shows the victim on the ground being kicked and stomped on. What may be even more shocking are the bystanders who see the beating taking place. One watches the whole thing while another sees the assault, pauses, and then continues down the street.

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storm918
Oct 10, 2013 8:46 PM CDT
This total lack of helping a person in need goes on all the time. I once saw a guy beating a woman in a Home Depot parking lot and he grabbed a handful of her hair and smashed her face into a car windshield, breaking her nose. I yelled from 20 feet away to stop and with-out hesitation he turned and charged me. I hit him twice, the second punch was to the top of his head as his momentum kept him falling into me. That hit put a knuckle into the bone of my hand and broke it. I then went to the lady to see if she was okay and she, covered in blood started yelling at me "What did you do to my old man"!!! Closer observation told me these were not your pillars of society people and I chose to just walk away before the police arrived! $500 out of my pocket and 6weeks in a cast. I would do it again though rather than see someone beaten---especially a lady and I use that term lightly in this case. Just remember even yelling stop can place you in jeopardy and you need to be ready to react.
1freeusa
Oct 10, 2013 6:22 PM CDT
In an unarmed society they become like a herd of sheep that can do nothing but watch the pack of wolves pick a prey.. In Texas CHL carrying civilians prevent such an event....We also have lower gun crimes than N.Y.
Lefty_Libby
Oct 10, 2013 3:38 PM CDT
How would bystanders know the victim was blind? How would bystanders know whether the assailant was armed or not? How would bystanders know whether the victim was really the victim, and not the person who originated the assault (unless they saw it from the beginning)? If this is a shady neighborhood, the complications increase. The bystanders don't know just how dangerous this attacker might be. Is this a dangerous criminal who will seek out their family for revenge later? Is this a gang enforcer? If several bystanders spontaneously react to stop the attack that's great, but it doesn't always happen. People are often just caught off guard when something this shocking happens right in front of them. Not running to aid the victim once the assailant has fled is unforgivable. At a minimum, everyone should have been dialing 911 right from the get go.