One of the sad realities of the current state of our society is that far too often, when bad things happen to people, bystanders are more inclined to stand around and watch or film it with their cellphone than actually help the person need of assistance.
That is precisely what happened in Chicago on Feb. 7, with utterly tragic results.
According to The Chicago Tribune, a 32-year-old black man named Marques Gaines was confronted by a thug and attacked after exiting a 7-Eleven convenience store.
The entire incident was captured on multiple surveillance cameras. Footage showed Gaines being knocked out with one solid punch, dropping him to the street next to the curb in front of the store. He was then robbed and left there to be run over by a cab while people stood by and watched. (The disturbing video can be found at the Blaze page linked below.)
No sooner had Gaines hit the pavement than two thugs came running from across the street, not to help the unconscious man lying in the street, but to rifle through his pockets, stealing his phone, wallet, cash and debit card.
Meanwhile, other bystanders and passersby merely looked on nonchalantly, making no effort to move his body out of the street or block the traffic coming around the corner of the intersection, which resulted in a taxi cab coming around the corner and driving right over the body of Gaines, causing significant injuries that resulted in his death at a hospital mere hours later.
The only person who even attempted to help Gaines was an employee at the 7-Eleven, but with his broken and heavily accented English, 911 dispatchers had trouble understanding him, likely delaying the already lengthy emergency response time enjoyed by Chicagoans.
Sadly, it seems that in Chicago, black lives don’t matter so much when other black lives knock them out, rob them, then leave them to die in the street, as there have been no protests, marches or cries for justice in his name.
— Cameron Gray (@Cameron_Gray) April 21, 2016
Now the victim’s cousin, Drexina Nelson, is decrying the inaction of the numerous bystanders who neglected to help Gaines when he obviously needed assistance.
“We as people, as humans, we should care for one another,” Nelson said. “Who leaves a person in the street for that long? That’s devastating to me — the fact that he could have been saved. He could still be here with us.”
The family has now filed a wrongful death suit that named Chicago Taxi, the cab driver and the 7-Eleven as defendants.
Despite the video evidence clearly showing the assailant and other bystanders, no arrests have been made thus far.
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