It didn’t take Americans long to get obsessed with the ‘selfie’ phenomenon, which quickly overtook nations across the world as well. Although there are both pros and cons to this trend, many found selfies useful for various reasons. While for some it was the beauty of the portrait captured on the small screen, for others it was the happenings in the background, caught by a lucky accident.
One of those ‘background’ selfies was recently taken in Pittsburgh, PA, and it managed to shock the nation in an instant.
At the beginning of this week, a woman from Pittsburgh was aggressively attacked and knocked out on the sidewalk by a man who was apparently interested in expressing male dominance. The worst part about this story was the group of bystanders who witnessed the entire thing but did nothing to stop the man or help the powerless woman for that matter. Many even found it appropriate and amusing to take a selfie as everything went down. Calling 911? Never happened.
A surveillance video showcased the play-by-play occurrence:
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HORRIFIC: A #Pittsburgh woman knocked out cold on a busy sidewalk. Instead of getting help, groups of men come by and take videos of her, rob her, even take selfies. Meanwhile NOBODY CALLED 911. KDKA-TV EXCLUSIVE: https://t.co/kQSQqrO7Vu pic.twitter.com/ueqlOTWWg0
— KDKA (@CBSPittsburgh) October 26, 2017
There are barely even words to try and explain how this feels. At the moment, the Pittsburgh Police are investigating the case, and have expressed disappointment in the resident’s behavior.
“They don’t treat animals like that. They wouldn’t treat a dog that way,” says the mother of the woman who is beaten down and left lying unconscious on the sidewalk.
The entire incident involves a man who approaches a woman, kicks her in the leg and knocks her down by slamming her in the face with a fist. The man seems satisfied, so he walks out of the scene, leaving the woman lying helpless and vulnerable.
What happened next, however, could be even more disturbing. A young man takes one look at the woman, and what does he do? He pulls out his phone and, no doesn’t call the cops, but takes a selfie and starts filming her. It’s not long after that four more bystanders follow in this man’s footsteps.
“It’s disgusting. My daughter needs help,” the girl’s mother said.
A source who provided KDKA’s Get Marty with the video said in a text, “They didn’t help her. They took what looks like her phone while she’s out cold.”
One source stated, “Nobody called 911 to help her.”
The source also talked about the young people and what they were doing, “They actually come back. A kid lays beside her and takes a selfie.”
One of the young people even kneeled beside the woman and took something from her.
Another source pointed out the woman continued to lie on the sidewalk motionless until she managed to wake up on her own.
Where did humanity evaporate? When did it become okay for random violence of this sort to be treated as mockery?
At times, I feel deeply ashamed to be human and devastated to walk the same streets as someone capable of beating up women for the fun of it, or someone who’s more interested in taking a selfie than helping the woman out.
What a deranged line of species we have become…