“The group of guys quickly got in their vehicle and drove off.”
In a response to my blog of yesterday titled “What if you have to intervene? What are your options?,” Jennifer Smith wrote the following on Facebook that I found particularly interesting:
I drove past a group of men beating another man on the street. It was 1am and I was alone. But I KNEW to my bones that guy wouldn’t survive.
What did I do? I made a U-turn, pointed my car at them from across the way, shined my brights and blasted my horn until all of the lights in the neighbors windows went on. The group of guys quickly got in their vehicle and drove off.
The man on the ground survived. It had been a racial hate crime.
So, that’s what I did…
Reading this reminded me that intervention to subdue violence make take many different forms. It can sometimes be accomplished without touching anyone, and in this case, at a distance. Thanks to Jennifer and the many others who offered their insightful comments on Facebook and on our blog site.