Kitty Genovese all over again?

CNN had footage from a surveillance camera of an elderly pedestrian, Angel Arce Torres, in Hartford who was hit by a Honda and sent toppling.

The video camera showed that “Nine cars pass[ed] Torres as a few people stare[d] from the sidewalk. Some approach[ed] Torres, but most stay[ed] put until a police cruiser responding to an unrelated call arrive[d] on the scene after about a minute and a half.” The Police Chief, shortly after the incident castigated Hartford residents for their lack of a moral compass.

By the next day (Friday 6/608), police were backtracking from that story; it turns out that 4 people did call 911 within a minute of the accident. The hit-and-run victim, Mr. Torres, remains in critical condition. We wish him a speedy recovery.

[For more on the reference to Kitty Genovese, see here, both on the callousness of Americans, and the possible over-exagerations of the non-response.]

For the CNN story, click here.


One response to “Kitty Genovese all over again?

  1. While it’s slightly gratifying to hear that a few people did call police within minutes after the man was struck-The video tape still speaks for itself…A man was severely injured and lying in the road but no one came to his “immediate” assistance, and some even drove around or past him. Did anyone try to stop traffic-or cars stop-to protect him, and prevent him from even further harm? But left just lying in the road unattended-What if he was struck again??? Did anyone rush to his side and try to talk to him? To help keep him conscious-or to comfort him-or just ask him his name? Did anyone bring him a blanket, a shirt, or anything to cover him?
    Shame on you bystanders & passerby’s who did little or nothing to help him…

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