Thursday, August 23, 2012

Yes, It *Can* Happen "Here"...

Brookline Police Investigate Random Sucker Punch Attacks
BROOKLINE (CBS) – Brookline was recently ranked one of the top small cities in the country. It’s an artsy eclectic melting pot full of things to do and places to see. But apparently all is not well.

Police there are investigating a pair of random attacks only two weeks apart in which two people were suddenly sucker punched for no reason.

“It’s a very good neighborhood,” said one resident. “I’m shocked to hear this, it’s very safe,”
It was just as safe as the people in it make it. Any bets on how many LTCs are handed out in Brookline? Now, it's entirely possible that these attacks aren't actually random, but reported as such either out of fear of retribution or desire for personal vengeance. But if not, this is a serious problem - at least two different people are walking around choosing people seemingly at random and performing violent assaults on them.

This is another one of those "what would you do" scenarios that play out when I've run out of other things to worry about. While I'd love to pretend that I'm always in condition orange, just poised to strike at any threat that might occur, the truth of the matter is that often times I get caught in condition off-white from time to time. I might be distracted by the kids fighting, or a rough day at work, or any one of a number of things that keep me from fully recognizing the dangers around me.

So what do you do? You're caught off-guard, for whatever reason, and someone has sucker-punched you. Most likely it's a residential or commercial setting; your assailant may have run off after the attack - or they might be waiting around the next corner for you knowing that your equilibrium has shifted. This might be a good time to hunker down, call 911 with a good solid backstop, and just wait. Forget thoughts of going after the punk responsible - even if you saw which way they ran off, there's simply no way of knowing what's in store if you venture onto their turf.

There are no safe places; there are only places that are made more safe by the presence of good people within them...

That is all.


Weer'd Beard said...

Its a pretty common hoodlum thing, or a gang initiation. Also its not uncommon for the victim to die.

I've had more than a few "Gun Death" posts for this, and back when I lived in Portland two people were murdered this way.

Suz said...

I'm stealing this (hope you don't mind) and using it in a post titles: Hey Slutwalkers!
Funny how rights and responsibilities can be applied to all sorts of situations.