What should a conscientious citizen do if he observes a man with an axe who looks like he might use it for something nefarious? The Berlin police recommend that you… call the police, what else? But it’s better not to try anything heroic — just scream real loud and get out of there.
Many thanks to Nash Montana for translating this article from the Berliner Morgenpost:
What do I do if I’m standing in front of the axe-wielding man?
A 27-year-old man was endangering himself when he followed two men with an axe who looked like they were ready to inflict violence. Here’s what one can do in case of such a situation.
Two men who looked like they were ready for violence were roaming through Berlin with an axe. A man noticed them and wanted to stop them — when one of the two men punched him in the face with his fist, while his friend handed him the axe and as he was going to bring the axe down, he stopped himself. That is how the 27-year-old victim recounts his experience from Wednesday evening.
It’s quite possible that the man prevented something much worse by immediately calling the police when he noticed the two men with the axe. But obviously he also put himself into danger because he followed the two men.
The Berlin Police do not want to evaluate the man’s actions. How one should act accordingly, always depends on the situation. “One should just trust one’s gut instincts,” says a spokeswoman for the Police. But basically, “one shouldn’t put themselves in danger, of course.” Of course one should help, but what one concretely does or shouldn’t do depends entirely on the situation — for instance, whether or not the offender is armed. “In this case we’re talking about an instance where one instead shouldn’t have intervened. One is, after all, not armed in return.”
Immediately called the police
But it is great that the 27-year-old immediately called 911 for the police once he noticed the two men with the axe at the Berliner Strasse subway station. “That’s exactly what one should do when one observes such a situation,” the spokeswoman says.
Also it is important to report the direction in which the offenders flee. But one should never try to stop an armed, fleeing offender. it’s also sensible to request of other witnesses that they remain until the Police arrive, so that they can be asked questions about the situation.
Scream loud, but don’t try to stop fleeing offenders
When one is in a dangerous or threatening situation, one could scream loudly in order to get attention or to possibly unsettle the offender and prompt him to flee. One could — when one witnesses such a situation — also yell: “I have called the police!” If such a scenario takes place on a train, it is advisable to pull the emergency brake. But — as far as possible — one should always keep a certain distance from an offender. “Especially when they are armed,” the spokeswoman advises.
“One should never provoke an offender verbally, although one may try to divert his attention by talking to him so that he may stop attacking a victim, or in order to at least stall looming violence.”
By way of speaking to others consciously, one can also organize help in so far as one could say: “Now we all help together!”
Out of the mouth of cowards! That young man should have, and at the very least, received praise for his actions not condemnation from feminized police spokes persons who believe that yelling and screaming like a big girl is more appropriate action than in tackling would be violent offenders!
Back in 2009, I wrote an article for a political magazine that took on the NSW Police Academy (now called a college) and their then acting head teacher, Peter Ivanov, who was instrumental in assisting to introduce the kind of airy fairy thinking for aspiring NSW police officers that is reflected in this GoV article concerning advice given out to citizens by berlin police on how to ‘act’ whenever faced with a potentially violent situation. The article I wrote was in direct response to Peter Ivanov’s criticism of my written opinion regarding the performance in educational standards of the then NSW Police Academy.
The article exposes the kind of thinking by comfortable arm chair ‘Academics’ who believe that they know better in how to deal with all kinds of crime and social problems then do those officers who had spent decades at the coal face keeping the lid on the boiling pot of rampant criminality.
For anyone wishing to read it go to: islammonitor.org, click on contributors at top left hand corner, scroll down column and click on Nemesis. That website is no longer able to accept comments, but it is being used for reference sources at the Australian National Library.
“In this case we’re talking about an instance where one instead shouldn’t have intervened. One is, after all, not armed in return.”
If we are looking for a way to eliminate that threat without using a firearm, and without getting hurt yourself …
why not get into your 4WD and do what Ritchie Aprile did to Beansie?
Wouldn’t that address the problem in an effective way, without using a firearm and without putting yourself in harm’s way?
“One is, after all, NOT ARMED IN RETURN”.
That is the whole problem, right there in a nutshell.
Dhimmitude, there they go.
I haven’t heard that song title in years, Baron.
LOL! You win the prize for being the first one to recognize it.
I thought for sure Mark H would be the one to win the prize.
Maybe next I’ll use the one about several small furry animals grooving in a cave with a Pict.
I was going to say, first old Nazareth tracks, now the Floyd …
I don’t remember quoting Nazareth — did I really?
Turn this crazy bird around … should not have got on this flight tonight …
A wee while back, like. You should make up a CD: The Baron’s Greatest Hits. It would be an interesting one!
That’s Joni Mitchell’s song. I only knew her original, plus a cover by the country singer Diane Davidson (most of whose stuff evidently hasn’t made it to YT). I never heard the Nazareth version.
What a great idea! A collection of faves would be a most eclectic grouping.
One of the charms of being married to the B is all the music and science fiction I learned from him. It was a joy to find that our son, at a wee age, showed an innate gift for music. So we had him take piano and he picked up guitar (12 string) on his own. He and his dad will often discuss the finer points of church music, e.g, Bach’s “Wachet Auf” – which always sounded to my tin Irish ear like “Whacked Off”…but perhaps that’s the Islamic version…
Baron, I usually check my inbox, and GoV, once a day; less frequently if the lady in my life is here, or I’m at hers, so I’m just catching up.
Nevertheless I’m shocked! shocked! to find you quoting a song co-written by that famous Israelophile, Roger Waters.
I still like Pink Floyd though.
“But it is great that the 27-year-old immediately called 911 for the police once he noticed the two men with the axe at the Berliner Strasse subway station. “That’s exactly what one should do when one observes such a situation,” the spokeswoman says.
NO-NOT 911! Too lazy to Google it, or think the whole world has the same emergency number.
112 emergency is traditionally considered as a “fire emergency” and “emergency medical assistance” number and 110 is known as the “police emergency” number in Germany.
[redacted]- just how dumb do you need to be to become a “spokesperson?”
Cool your jets, Cosmo — the “911” was also a translation of the original German emergency code, aimed at an American audience by a diligent translator. That’s all.