Is This Your Civic Duty?

Is This Your Civic Duty?

So, you’re walking down the street and you see someone being chased by several police officers. It probably happens hundreds of time throughout the world on a daily basis. Well, in one of those instances, an ordinary citizen in England simply decided to stick out his foot and trip the person being chased. Within seconds, the police officers (they call them Bobbies in England) were able to subdue and arrest him. The person who did the tripping has not been identified and remains anonymous. You can watch the video below.

Joe’s Perspective: I suspect each of us has about a 20% chance of ever finding ourselves in this type of situation at some point in our lives (just go with it). The question is, if you find yourself in this situation, what do you do? I bet the answer depends on several factors A) does the suspect have a weapon, B) what company you are with, C)  your opinion of police officers and D) whether or not you feel a civic responsibility to get involved.

Your Turn: 

  1. What would you do if you found yourself in this situation?
  2. Do you feel you have a civic responsibility in this situation?



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  1. I would trip the guy, because they’re obviously chasing him for some reason and they can’t catch him. So i would at least try and help them by tripping the guy that is running.

  2. i wish someone would trip me while i was running from the police!!! but he should not come out and tell the world who he is because the criminal could find out who he is and possibly be so angry he kills him

  3. I would not had help them only because we did not know if the person had a gun or anything that could have been your life gone away or some one that you did not know.

  4. I would probably trip the person so they could get arrested . I don’t want anybody tripping me if i was running from the police but t is what it is.

  5. If I was in this situation, and I saw the person running from the police, I would move out the way. I would not want to get involved in anything dealing with the law, especially if I don’t have to. I don’t feel as I would have a civic responsibility in this situation because what if the person has a weapon, what could happen if I tried to stop him? These are things we have to keep in mind before you make a decision on how to react to this. I would of got out of the person and authorities way, that way I couldn’t be connected to this situation with the law.

  6. Like it said above it depends on the situation and how dangerous it looks and I do feel like I have a civic responsibility but not everyone in the world needs to get involved in every situation bad or good sometimes its good to just keep to your self.

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      So, what would happen if everyone took this stance? If we citizens don’t look after other citizens, who will?

  7. So. i dont understand why they want to find the man who tripped him. But in my opinion i would help them. because that man couldve done sonething bad

  8. If I were to be in this situation I would not get involved with the criminal or the police. There would be no reason to put myself into the situation if I didn’t have to.

  9. I think it was a honorable thing to do, helping the police do their job but also I think its reckless because the suspect could have had a weapon an cause harm to the British man for tripping him or hold a grudge against him.

  10. There are too many unknown factors and risks with tripping the suspect police are chasing, it’s probably best to stay out of the way and let police officers do their job on their own