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Video: Bystanders Ignore Shot Ill. Cop

April 03, 2012  | 

VIDEO: Bystanders Ignore Shot Ill. Cop

Residents of an East St. Louis, Ill., housing project milled around a parking lot or stayed in their homes rather than helping a police officer who had been shot in the face by a suspect, reports KSDK.

Surveillance video shows Officer Michael Baxton Jr. laying near his squad car for several moments after the shooting, until he can radio for help. He had attempted to pin a suspect to the hood of his patrol car. The shooting occurred in March.

SWAT teams later raided two buildings in the complex and arrested Cortez Gillum, who has been charged in the shooting.

Tags: East St. Louis (Ill.) PD, Assaults on Officers, Video Surveillance


Comments (3)

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R. Ross @ 4/4/2012 8:37 AM

Makes you wonder why we try to help and protect the trash who live in these housing projects. They will be the first to complain when they need help but the last to lift a finger in return. Wish the officer and his family the best.

martyb @ 4/4/2012 3:34 PM

R.Ross forgot an important point... When you do show up to "help" (with a problem they most likely brought upon themselves) it will be "all about them" and they don't give a rat's a** about anyone else their little drama may have impacted.

Random @ 4/8/2012 1:50 AM

This is a sad day. I hope he recovers mentaly and physically from this. I also understand the lack of response from bystanders. Sense Wikileaks relieved the video of a US military helicopter shooting a family attempting to get a shot man to the hospital. It has caused would be helpers to question getting involved. Also, I doubt that any are trained in even basic first aid. Many in first response could not fathom standing by when a good person needs us. We have to remember the saying “fight, flight, or tharn”; Even good people can go into tharn if they are not born for the latter two.

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