Bystander rushes to aid shot Ky. Officer

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Hi Everyone!

Please see this article over at Police.com.

It shows an altercation between a man stopped for a traffic stop and a Police Officer.  The man ended up shooting the Officer several times, wounding him in the arm.

Watch the video.  It’s the Officer body camera.  Listen to the interaction.

I’m less concerned about the tactics involved (though do pay attention to the relatively calm verbal tone which Officer Hodge maintained throughout the encounter, taking the time to explain to the man why he was doing what he was doing).  I’m more attentive to the bystander mobilization by Mr. James Megerle who self-mobilized, came over to the injured Officer, and helped him by making a tourniquet out of his belt.

Mr. James Megerle is an Ethical Protector.  He did not have to assist the Officer.  He was not mandated to do so.  He very likely felt great inner pressure about whether he should or should not do so.

In spite of all this, he stepped out of himself, assisted another human being in distress, and very likely did not do it with any thought at all of being presented with a plague for heroism (which he was).

Thank you Mr. Megerle.  You live in action the words of Robert L. Humphrey which are the symbol of this blog:

Wherever I walk, everyone is a little bit safer because I am there.Wherever I am, anyone in need has a friend.  Whenever I return home, everyone is happy I am there.

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