There are very clear times when a private citizen should step in and do something while a crime is being committed.
For example, I remember being in a diner one time while it was being robbed and there was a guy near the front counter that actually held the robber at gunpoint himself when he realized the guy was dumb enough to walk past him.
That being said, violence should only be a last resort. The problem with most liberals is that they are the type of people that want to make it the first resort. And not for things like robberies. You see someone saying something you think it mean to someone? Hell, go ahead and tackle them…
Chirlane McCray, the wife of radical New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, took to Twitter on Saturday to advise her followers on what to do if they witness a hate crime.
“As attacks on Asian American communities continue, we’re asking New Yorkers to show up for their neighbors and intervene when witnessing hateful violence or harassment,” McCray said to begin her Twitter thread.
She suggested to her followers to follow the so-called “5 D’s.” “D is for Distract, Delegate, Document, Delay, and Direct,” she wrote.
The advice includes, among other strategies, to intervene in the situation first by attempting to distract the victim, arguing that it takes attention away from the perpetrator. It is unclear how distracting the victim would help in a hate crime.
Fear is a normal feeling when stepping into a confrontation, but being prepared can help. I’ll share @iHollaback’s 5 D’s, which are easy to remember tactics that we can all use to de-escalate a situation.
D is for Distract, Delegate, Document, Delay, and Direct.
— Chirlane McCray (@NYCFirstLady) March 6, 2021
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McCray also suggested that a person witnessing the video could, with permission of the victim, record the incident to “document” it.
If all of her recommended strategies fail, McCray suggested that one should take “direct” action, including to “physically intervene,” but “only after assessing the situation.”
“This is risky, but sometimes all we can do is speak up,” she wrote. “If the harasser responds, try your best to focus on assisting the person targeted.”
While at one point, McCray suggested to “find someone in a position of authority, tell them about the situation and ask if they can help,” she did not suggest that her followers call the police in response to such an incident.