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Shoppers step over stabbing victim, take pictures

The disregard for life is shocking. A woman was stabbed during a fight at a convenience store and shoppers, rather than offering aid, just stepped over her and took pictures. What the hell is going on here?

As a stabbing victim lay dying on the floor of a Kansas convenience store, five shoppers, including one who stopped to take a picture of her with a cell phone, stepped over the woman, police said.

The June 23 incident, captured on a store surveillance video, received scant news coverage until a columnist for The Wichita Eagle first disclosed Tuesday the existence of the video and its contents.

Police have repeatedly refused to release the video, saying it is part of their investigation.

"It was tragic to watch," police spokesman Gordon Bassham said Tuesday. "The fact that people were more interested in taking a picture with a cell phone and shopping for snacks rather than helping this innocent young woman is, frankly, revolting."

LaShanda Calloway was stabbed during a fight at the store, but it was not part of a robbery, Bassham said. It took about two minutes for someone to call police to report the crime, he said.

Calloway, 27, died at a hospital from her injuries.

"The lack of concern for humanity over this young woman's life is deeply troubling," Bassham said.

Bassham said the district attorney's office would have to decide whether any of the shoppers could be charged.

Yes, these people should be charged. That's a no brainer. And who would have thought that a law would be required for something like this. A woman died because other people around her didn't care enough to even call 911. Human life must be so worthless to them that it was more important to get their Slurpies than help this woman. If I hadn't known where this event took place, I would have thought it happened in the Middle East somewhere.


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Comments (31)

Amazingly vile. Hope that ... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

Amazingly vile. Hope that cellphone picture haunts the budding photographer.

Given the victim's name. Th... (Below threshold)

Given the victim's name. The fact that urban African-Americans have such little regard for human life should surprise no one.

Editor's note: this does NOT appear to be by the "regular" bryanD, but an impersonator. Regardless, this IP has been banned.

Nice racial stereotyping, b... (Below threshold)

Nice racial stereotyping, bryanD[imwit].

Charged? With what? Do yo... (Below threshold)

Charged? With what? Do you have an affirmative legal duty to aid a stabbing victim? I certainly hope not. Not all bad behaviour should be illegal.

Charged? With what?<... (Below threshold)
Son Of The Godfather:

Charged? With what?

I think some states have... what do they call it?... like a "mandatory assist" law if someone is in peril... I'm not 100% sure though.

"A woman died because o... (Below threshold)
Rob LA Ca.:

"A woman died because other people around her didn't care enough to even call 911"

Should this really surprise anyone? This is normal behavior where I come from.

"The fact that people were more interested in taking a picture with a cell phone and shopping for snacks rather than helping this innocent young woman is, frankly, revolting."

Who else has showm this disregard for life?

Democrats and Harry Reid are also showing this same disregard for life in their despicable pursuit of Complete Power over the entire Country.

How did Harry respond to the letter sent to him.

"To be brief, your words are killing us."

"Your statements make the Iraqis afraid to help us for fear we'll leave them unprotected in the future. They don't report a cache, and its weapons blow up my friends in a convoy. They don't report a foreign fighter, and that fighter sends a mortar onto my base. Your statements are noticed, and they have an effect."

Democrats do this intentionally and deliberately just as they leaked classified information to their propagandist media.

This is why democrats will not even meet with the Generals for the monthly breifing. They don't have the guts to look them in the eye knowing they are intentionally causing the death of our Soldiers.

"Yes, these people should be charged."

They were afraid and had ... (Below threshold)
Rob LA Ca.:

They were afraid and had to run back into the shadows.

The problem with laws requi... (Below threshold)
Tim in PA:

The problem with laws requiring you to render aid is that often, people do not want to be exposed to possible pathogens. Me, I'd help, but you simply can't *require* people to expose themselves to that.

However, failing to immediately call 911? I'm pretty sure they can manage to charge someone over that, especially the idiot with the cameraphone, if they hand't called at that point. You can bleed a lot in 2 minutes. Some states do have laws along those lines already, IIRC.

Gotta love a society where ... (Below threshold)

Gotta love a society where lawyers, humanists, and secularists have dragged the Good Samaritan out in the street and clubbed him to death... As with most things, we brought this upon ourselves, either by direct action, or by allowing it to happen.

My condolences to the victim's family, and I sincerely hope the judge finds multiple charges to levy against the inactive bystanders.

Gotta love a socie... (Below threshold)
Gotta love a society where lawyers, humanists, and secularists have dragged the Good Samaritan out in the street and clubbed him to death... As with most things, we brought this upon ourselves, either by direct action, or by allowing it to happen.

My condolences to the victim's family, and I sincerely hope the judge finds multiple charges to levy against the inactive bystanders.

Uh, Linoge... I really don't mean to sound confrontational (really, I don't), but you realize that your first paragraph decries our litigation-happy society and then your second calls upon litigation to solve the problem?

I'm not sure if you're aware of the contradiction there.

Kim P: Thx! I appreciate it... (Below threshold)

Kim P: Thx! I appreciate it. It wasn't me. I don't pick on underdogs, which Blacks (and American Indians, too) definitely are.

In fact, man per man, Blacks are excellent chess players. Acey Deucey? Fuggetaboudit! (Smart and quick!) See: nuance...

CCG: Your forensics are tuhrbuhl! I'm sure you're up on Kirk impressions, though!

I say we release jhow on the island of Dr Moreau... a July 4th family reunion!

Kitty Genovese could not be... (Below threshold)

Kitty Genovese could not be reached for comment.

Previous commenters are cor... (Below threshold)

Previous commenters are correct. There is no common law that compels a bystander to come to the aid of any victim. In fact, the common law discourages "officious intermeddlers," those who would come to aid, by imposing a duty on them to follow through -- or risk liability for discouraging another more effective samaritan from rendering help efectively.

That's been the common law for over a hundred years. No doubt plaintiff lawyers have made it worse since.

What's the matter with Kans... (Below threshold)

What's the matter with Kansas?

I would suspect that callin... (Below threshold)

I would suspect that calling 911 would be considered a violation of the "No Snitching" rule popular among so many in the modern urban community these days. In Philly, the murder rate skyrocketed after witnesses in criminal trials were attacked without consequences from the legal system. The people in the community learned very quickly to not get involved in any way if they wanted to remain safe. So now in Philly the criminal element can safely settle all their scores with minimal police interference. What happened in Kansas is probably just another sign of that trend on a national level.

Not really, CCG - I am agai... (Below threshold)

Not really, CCG - I am against frivolous litigation. People effectively letting other people die by inaction - that is borderline voluntary manslaughter. Not some jackass lawyer suing for millions for a drycleaners supposedly losing his trousers.

Thanks for the clarificatio... (Below threshold)

Thanks for the clarification, Linoge. It wasn't that clear to me in the first version. Maybe it's just me. --shrugs--

What would you expect?... (Below threshold)

What would you expect?

This outrage occurred in the heartland of Republican Family Values and of Republican pro-lifers.

Since she wasn't being aborted, the folks of the heartland didn't give a s_it.

Gee, thanks, Charlie, for i... (Below threshold)

Gee, thanks, Charlie, for inserting crass partisan politics into what was, until now, a pretty non-political thread.

We know which side likes to reduce tragedy to cold political calculation, don't we... first on the thread about the basketball player quitting his career to take care of his daughter, and now here.

It occurred in Wichita, pro... (Below threshold)

It occurred in Wichita, probably in one of the high Democratic inner cities area.

The rest of Kansas would have help except in some areas of the larger cities. In many towns people would have taken meals to the victims family, cut their yards or many other things to help out.

If anyone wants to compare the helpful attitudes of most of rural Kansas to that of Seattle, Kansas City, Dallas, or other large cities, bring it on. I have lived in both categories of places and rural Kansas wins hand down. Then again most Democrats live in the large cities and Republicans in rural areas.

Sorry, CCG... Sometimes I ... (Below threshold)

Sorry, CCG... Sometimes I write before I think. Actually, I do that a lot...

I mean, it would be great if we had some other means of slapping those morons into shape, other than standing them up in front of a judge... but something tells me a Freehold-like society would fail, even here in America.

Linoge, that's why I almost... (Below threshold)

Linoge, that's why I almost always preview before I post, and read it very carefully two or three times.

The times I didn't do that... well... those are the ones with the bad grammar and misspellings. -LOL-

Gee, thanks, Charlie, fo... (Below threshold)

Gee, thanks, Charlie, for inserting crass partisan politics into what was, until now, a pretty non-political thread.

Was it? Or does your computer display only anti-Republican comments, ignoring all anti-Democrat ones?

You're right, Brian. I had ... (Below threshold)

You're right, Brian. I had missed Rob's post.

My sincere apologies to Charlie.

(Take a lesson, Brian: a man can admit when he is wrong. Perhaps you should try it sometime instead of just ignoring it when you're proven wrong.)

Hey, ban those that point o... (Below threshold)

Hey, ban those that point out simple truths if you want but this is TNB (typical negro behavior) plain and simple. Those that think otherwise, move out of your suburbs and gated communities and move to the black areas and see how eager they are to sing cumbayah with you. LOL, you would be the 'honky mahfah' with a stab wound and no wallet or cellphone.

Whether it is Camden, NJ (most dangerous city in the Kwa) or Detroit or the nation's capitol, this is the norm for those areas.

This doesn't surprise me at all. The ignorance of those that don't understand the nature of the neighborhood's inhabitants is what is so mindblowing. Get out of your lily White neighborhoods where multicult seems so wonderful and live it for a while. You will gain a real perspective on the world if you do.

Oh, and google Channon Christian while you are at it.

Multicultural societies? Read about the tower of Babel and the Roman Empire. It doesn't work.

This doesn't surprise me in... (Below threshold)
Moishe Tapirman:

This doesn't surprise me in the least. A couple of months ago there was a video released of a black customer demanding service from a gas station wounded gas station attendant who was in a running gunfight with black robbers. It's insane. In Africa people race to plane crashes not to help, but to loot from the dead and dying. I think that certain breeds of people are simply incapable of feeling compassion. Sad, itz.


Rebbe Moishe

I am just reflecting on cha... (Below threshold)

I am just reflecting on charlie's utterly idiotic comment.

Yes Charlie, it is most probable that LASHANDA CALLOWAY was a lily-white Christian Republican on her way to the Baptist Church, and the lady who took the cell phone picture got back into her pick-up truck and tuned in to Rush Limbaugh on her way back to the farm.

Wake up, turkey.

Luckily, it was a 'groid th... (Below threshold)

Luckily, it was a 'groid that was stabbed in a 'groid area. If the victim were White, she would not have been stepped over. Several 'groids would have taken turns raping her while other 'groids stole her shoes.

Blacks aren't worth the eff... (Below threshold)

Blacks aren't worth the effort

I'd just like to point out ... (Below threshold)

I'd just like to point out that if this had happened north of the US border....that woman would probably still be among us. Disregard for human life is climbing at an alarming rate in the US and it's time for you all to wake up. That woman that died from the perforated bowel in California still sickens me, again something that wouldn't have happened in Canada. Stop blaming the Republicans or the Democrats as the reasons behind various demographic groups not providing assistance, when in reality it has nothing to do with politics and it simply comes down to "there are Americans who simply don't CARE"...not to say that you wouldn't find a few Canadians who fall into that category, but I guarantee the percentage would be much smaller. Rural residents in the states have their own problems, what about Matt Shepard, that poor kid that was beaten and left to die on a fence? It took 18 hours for anyone to spot that kid strung up there...I doubt it was 18 hours before somebody had passed by that could have seen him and the situation he was in. Also, there are rural residents who would have stepped over the body of that woman in Kansas...Westboro Baptist Church anyone?

If it happened in Canada an... (Below threshold)

If it happened in Canada and no one hears about it, did it really happen?

There are plenty of places in U.S. that no one passes by for far greater then 18 hours. Especially in Wyoming.

Westboro Baptist Church is from one of Kansas's largest cities not rural.

The average attitude of Canadian I know is lower then the average attitude of Americans I know. As my first sentence hint at, the slummy behavior of Canadians isn't blaster all over the news, which is the reason many foreigners get the wrong idea about Americans.






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