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“Seinfeld” Law and The Detroit Police Chief

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Many of you may have heard about the Greektown beat-down that occurred last Saturday in Detroit, have you heard of the “Seinfeld” law?

Several news outlets reported that approximately 25-40 men were filmed punching, kicking and brutally beating people on the streets of Greektown.  Greektown is one of Detroit’s most popular spots that attracts visitors from outside of Detroit.

Instead of the on lookers calling the police they recorded the attack.  An attack in which the recordings show one man lying with his head over the curb appearing unconscious and very badly injured. He was repeatedly punched and kicked as the cell-phone filming crowd of young men could be heard shouting and laughing.

Detroit Police Chief Craig was quoted in several news reports that the videos were “very disturbing” and “troubling” not only for what was filmed but the fact that these spectators were more concerned about filming and broadcasting the crime than calling the police.

Detroit Police Chief Craig now says that he would consider supporting a Good Samaritan law, one such as was featured on the Seinfeld program.  In the show the character Kramer was arrested for filming a mugging without attempting to help the victim.

Would you be in support of a Samaritan law in which a spectator/witness could be ticketed or charged with some civil offense for not reporting some crimes?

Detroit Police Chief Craig was quoted in several news stories about this incident stating:

You can’t just sit back and watch a violent crime being committed and then do nothing

He went on to say that maybe we should look into charging:

Those who spectate, who watch violence. Shouldn’t that person be charged as well?

What has come of our society when people can just stand there and watch people get violently accosted and do nothing about it?  I am not saying that they should attempt to physically stop the assault but they should call the police.

Is this just another example of the downward spiral our society has been on when it comes to the decency of us?

At what point should we American’s help our police take back control of our streets and be a part of the solution instead of just spectators of our decline.

The Live with Renk show airs Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to noon, to let me know your thoughts call (269) 441-9595

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