This story has several layers, including gay: Passers-by ignore dying man

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    Feb 02, 2009 6:15 PM GMT

    A man dies after being beaten on a D.C. street and then ignored by passers-by

    http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/crime/2009/02/02/beating.victime.ignored.wjla
  • HndsmKansan

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    Feb 02, 2009 6:44 PM GMT
    How very sad.. unfortunately we more of this all the time. I just can't believe it.
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    Feb 03, 2009 1:01 AM GMT
    This story type is done to death, So much so that its made people jaded. So many reporters, sociologist "staging" this to get a reaction. And sadly armies of lawyers trying to nail anyone that tries to be a good sumaritan because they lack proper caregiver credentials.
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    Feb 03, 2009 1:37 AM GMT
    Alpha13 saidAnd sadly armies of lawyers trying to nail anyone that tries to be a good sumaritan because they lack proper caregiver credentials.

    This may be a lingering perception, but it's mostly a false belief. Every state in the U.S. has Good Samaritan laws that protect lay rescuers from litigation. That doesn't mean they can't be sued, but generally they won't be because lawyers know they won't prevail in a suit barring extraordinarily egregious conduct by the rescuer.
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    Feb 03, 2009 1:40 AM GMT
    Alpha13 saidThis story type is done to death, So much so that its made people jaded. So many reporters, sociologist "staging" this to get a reaction. And sadly armies of lawyers trying to nail anyone that tries to be a good sumaritan because they lack proper caregiver credentials.

    What? All somebody had to do was call 911. They didnt have to touch the guy.
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    Feb 03, 2009 5:54 AM GMT
    Here's a related story..

    An acquaintance of mine (female) was mugged a long time ago. As she was walking along, some jerk passed by, turned around, and snatched her purse. Only problem was that her purse strap caught on to her arm. Now she and the jerk are struggling. He's pulling on the purse, and she's trying to free herself and let him have the purse. She fell to the ground, and the guy gave up and took off.

    All this during broad daylight. With plenty of people around. Standing by and watching. Nobody offered to help. Nobody called the cops. Why? She happened to be in a neighborhood of mostly Latino immigrants. They simply didn't want to get involved. Either they have a fear/distrust of cops because of a corrupt legal system back home. Or they are in the country illegally and don't want to risk getting deported.

    Lessons here: Don't expect anyone to help you if you're in trouble. And always be aware of your surroundings. Male, female, gay, straight.. it doesn't matter who you are or where you are. It can happen. He live in strange times. And lots of people out there have this weird pent up aggression just waiting to be released on someone that is perceived to be an easy target.

    Stay safe and look out for others.
  • ShawnTX

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    Feb 05, 2009 4:35 PM GMT
    I hope all those people that just kept on going, especially those that were loading their groceries not 2 feet from the guy, have all seen this video and realize that they're nothing but pathetic, sub-human individuals, that offer no value to society.
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    Feb 05, 2009 4:53 PM GMT
    That's disgusting.. what does it take to pick up a phone and dial 911?