Shame­ful to not help po­lice of­fi­cer

Ottawa Citizen - - OPINION -

Re: Fire crew failed to help cop: com­plaint, Sept. 13.

As a se­nior cit­i­zen, if I had come upon the scene of a po­lice of­fi­cer be­ing at­tacked, I would have tried to as­sist the of­fi­cer to the best of my abil­i­ties. To think that four fit and strong fire­fight­ers could not help sub­due one per­son and chose to stand and watch, as is al­leged, is flab­ber­gast­ing.

Hu­man de­cency and civic re­spon­si­bil­ity re­quire peo­ple to help oth­ers in dis­tress or un­der at­tack, so how can they jus­tify their in­ac­tion? Stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dures and union con­tracts can­not pos­si­bly jus­tify such cal­lous, if not ir­re­spon­si­ble, be­hav­iour. Hani Mokhtar, Ottawa

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