The video of the man kicking and stomping on the 65 year old woman on a New York City sidewalk is horrendous on many levels:
- no one came forward to help;
- why was the aggressor, a convicted criminal, walking freely in the streets? He murdered his mother back in 2002;
- the inaction of the three men in the lobby – big beefy men – who just stood there watching the attack occur right before their eyes before one of them closed the door.
In France there’s a law called – Non-assistance à personne en danger (non-assistance to a person in danger) – Article 223-6 of the French Penal Code and punishable to 5 years in prison and a 75,000 euro fine.
Which raises the question: does a person have a moral duty to rescue another person in danger? To witness this appalling assault … what does this say about us? Sometimes I feel ashamed to be part of the human race.
This attack could happen anywhere in the world, not just in NYC. In any case, the video went viral and it’s deeply disturbing.