Just a couple weeks ago we noted the passing, at the ripe old age of 81, of the convicted murderer of Kitty Genovese in the famous 1964 case that gave rise to the phrase “Bystander Effect” and also our 911 system, which probably just encourages more of the same indifference. Now, it’s happened again and actually made the news because it happened in a particularly shocking way (are they really bystanders if they pick his pockets?):
Surveillance video released Wednesday captures the last moments of a popular hotel cocktail server who was punched and knocked unconscious, landing in a Near North crosswalk. The footage also shows more than a dozen bystanders failing to come to his aid in the nearly two minutes before a cab accidentally drives over him.
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David R. Duringer, JD, LL.M, is a concealed firearm instructor and tax lawyer specializing in business and estate planning; licensed to practice law in the states of California and Washington. He is managing shareholder at Protective Law Corporation, serving Southern California from its Laguna Hills (Orange County) headquarters and a satellite office in Coronado (San Diego County).
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