Apparently a Good Samaritan who is packing has a bit more confidence in the face of a violent mob. The WaPo recounts the story of a retired nurse on the mean streets of Detroit:
3 charged in Detroit mob beating of motorist
DETROIT — A teenager and two other men were charged Tuesday in the brutal beating of a 54-year-old suburban Detroit man after he accidentally hit a child who stepped off the curb into the path of his truck.
Police meanwhile credited a nurse with saving the life of Steve Utash by stepping between him and the half-dozen or more men who punched and kicked him after the April 2 accident on the northeast side of Detroit.
Hughes told The Detroit News for a story Tuesday that she was watching from a window in her home when David Harris, 10, was hit by Utash’s truck. She ran outside to tend to the boy and that’s when the mob descended.
“(Utash) was screaming, and they were beating him, and kicking him,” Hughes told the newspaper. “I said ‘Please don’t hit him anymore,’ and they backed up. Everybody cleared the way and gave me room to work on him.”
David Harris was treated for leg and other injuries.
Since you didn't ask, the young boy and the nurse are black; Utash is white; and the mob has been described as black men. As to whether this was a hate crime, well, the answer would be obvious and the coverage non-stop on MSNBC if the races were reversed but another part of white privilege is that no one can hate you even if they are beating you, so the authorities are still mulling it over.
The WaPo omits the same detail omitted here but included in the videotape - the nurse had a gun and was thinking about using it. From roughly the 1:15 mark of the videotape:
"When I got over there I told them 'Don't nobody hit him anymore'. But I had my gun in my pocket and I was ready to do some (deleted) damage myself if I had to."
Fortunately she did not have to. We certainly hope she would have had the courage to do the right thing even without the added boost of knowing she had an equalizer in her pocket.