While evil is to be feared and reviled, there is a greater evil among us- the indifference of good people who -while entirely capable of doing so- fail to put themselves in harm’s way to put an end to a bad situation.
Thus was the case in Canada’s most populous city last week, when an elderly Toronto man was brutally stabbed by a 26-year-old male in the Ontario capital.
Video footage shows the suspect knifing the 60-year-old man, as bystanders begged the man to stop and motorists honked their horns.
While people and vehicles attempted to audibly dissuade the attacker, nobody stepped in to help the old man as blood began to run down the sidewalk.
Finally, a police officer arrived on the scene, ordering the suspect to drop the knife. As the video came to an end, a shot can be heard.
The police officer wounded the suspect, who was rushed to the hospital along with the victim. Following the shooting, the details of the use-of-force incident was handed over to the Special Investigations Unit, which handles UOF incidents by police.
According to the Daily Mail, both men were treated for non-life-threatening injuries and no police officers were wounded in the incident.
For the timid bystanders, it is a moment they will never forget.
“’It was brutal,” one bystander said. “You can’t wake up first thing in the morning and see somebody getting beaten. You see the blood, it’s spilling all over.”