What would you do if you saw someone getting beat up?

Chicago street attack

The guy on the ground repeatedly gets kicked in the head as the lady casually jogs by like it’s a typical day. The person videotaping obviously isn’t calling 911 because she’s recording it.

I had a student send me this video last week of an incident on the north side of Chicago and ask what they could have done if they had been there.

There is no one-size-fits-all answer, and many variables are involved. What’s your skill level and training? Are there multiple people that could step in? Does the guy have a weapon? If you are armed and step in, will things escalate even further?

You could try to stop the attack and have both people turn on you because, for all we know, this is a domestic dispute. Considering the area, it is a real possibility.

After the New York subway situation a few weeks ago, would you handle things differently knowing the guy who intervened there is getting charged with manslaughter?

This could go so many ways, but standing there and watching a guy get beat would not be my first choice. Fortunately, it appears the victim got away.

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Brian Armstrong grew up in a small farm town in rural Indiana and learned to shoot before he learned to drive. His career began in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, where he worked as a firefighter and a medic before moving to Chicago. Throughout the years, he has owned multiple businesses, from construction to technology. He is back to his emergency services roots -teaching emergency first aid and firearms courses, along with writing for numerous publications. He believes the best way to learn "HOW" to do something is first to answer "WHY" you do something. He is your average guy with views like yours. Now, he's sharing the knowledge he's gained from teaching, learning from others, and researching topics you don't have time to explore. His feeling about staying safe is "The best way to win a fight is not to get into a fight!" He is always looking for new ideas. If you have a topic, current news you would like covered, or a publication looking for content, please reach out and let him know. You can follow him @LetsTalkDGU and #LetsTalkDGU


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