reply to post by 12m8keall2c
What if we re-write the story?
What if the story starts a bit sooner, with the father in a restaurant drinking, while his daughter is tugging at him begging to go do something else.
The father is annoyed with her, not ready to leave, and decides it is a decent idea to just let an 18 year old cousin take her outside for a bit.
The cousin is not a parent, and apparently the little girl hasn't had much parenting, because she runs out into a street where a motorcyclist cannot
possible avoid her. Rather than the motorcyclist just running her flat over and possible killing her, he kicks off the bike hoping to make it miss,
and he skids and tumbles in another direction. It works, because she is luckily only scraped and bruised, but not dead, and as he attempts to help
her, some drunken father runs out and starts to pummel him. Now, no one is helping the frightened and injured little girl, and instead they are
further injuring the man that has already sacrificed his body in an attempt to save the little girl who wasn't properly supervised in the first
place. He doesn't want to resort to his gun, but he's already injured from the crash, and he is being pummelled 3 grown people, so he has to fire.
He'll live with all of these decisions for the rest of his life. Was he going to fast, could he have done something differently, could he have taken
the beating until the cops showed up? He'll never know the answers, and since he is an off-duty cop the public will assume he is a monster.
I ride a motorcycle. I've laid it down to avoid a bigger crash. I've seen others die right in front of my eyes trying to not lay one down. I've
been in fights where I was outnumbered.
I can see myself in that guys shoes.
I'm also a father of 2 boys about the same age as this girl. I know they won't run out into traffic, and I know they get bored very quickly and
they'll start to wander and get into trouble if I'm not giving them attention. I know if I was at a restaurant near a busy street, there is no way
in hell they would be out of my sight for a second, even if there was a semi-adult cousin around. In fact, they have some semi-adult cousins, and
those kids are not as well-behaved as my kids. I'd trust my 4 and 5 year old decision making over their 16 and 18 year old cousins any day.
Its a tragedy, no doubt. But instead of saying those that family would be fine if they had never encountered this cop/guy, why not say this cop/guy
would be fine if he had never encountered this half-ass family?
A 4 year old should know better than to run into a street, a father should no better than to take his eyes off a 4 year old, and an adult should know
the first priority is to tend to the injured child AND
injured cyclist, and once all the facts are known, maybe you beat him up later.