Originally Posted by InChiefsHell
I tried to do the right thing a few years ago. Delivering pizzas, I saw some kid just bite it on his bike. Pulled over, offered to help...but I was a strange man in a car...so I got out of the car and approached...and realized with every step and every word I was just scaring the shit out of these kids. I didn't want to leave him there crying, and one of his friends went to grab the kid's parents. When dad finally showed up, he didn't even notice my existence, barely nodded at me when I tried to explain what I saw.
It was weird, and really made me realize why many people DON'T get involved when they see stuff like that.
Good on you. You had the tools and knowledge to take care of the situation. Kudos.
I was definitely concerned when I stepped in to restrain that it would look like I was somehow attacking this girl, so I made sure to, loudly, say who I was and what my training was, and basically play-by-play my every movement;
"I'm sitting in the ground with her. I'm grabbing her left wrist with my right hand, and folding it under her arm so she can't hit or bite. This is called a CPI child protective hold," etc...
All the while trying to calmly talk to the girl and let her know I wasn't trying to hurt her, although she wasn't in a reasonable place internally, so there was no reasoning with her.
When the first police officer for there and walked up, I let go of one arm, thinking he'd take over, but he just looked at me and said, "If you've got her, I just want you to stay there while I figure out..."
So at the very least I knew he didn't think I was doing anything wrong.