I think this has to be the perfect police story because it exemplifies how they affect society.
In this case, two police officers came upon a scene in El Paso, Texas, in which a woman was in distress. Somehow she had driven her car into the canal. Several men were in the water trying to rescue the 64-year-old woman.
So the police immediately joined in and, together, the volunteers and the police saved this woman’s life.
Except that didn’t happen in reality. That was just me imagining what might happen in a sane world and a free country.
According to the Free Thought Project, the police threatened the men with arrest and made them leave.
And the woman drowned. (There is a possibility that she had already drowned though the police couldn’t know that.)
If that wasn’t disturbing enough, the witnesses to what happened all seemed to want to remain anonymous. Why would they not want to be identified? According to KFOX14,
Constance Manzanares was found inside a submerged 2005 Toyota Corolla and died, police said.
A witness told KFOX14 that police stopped several men from trying to save the victim.
A witness to the drowning, who requested anonymity, said she saw the woman moving her hands inside the car and that police stopped three men from attempting to get her out.
“They went and tried to help this lady, they tried to help her, but the police said they can’t, they were yelling and everything, I don’t wanna say nothing bad about them, I know they give good service here and everything, but I said ‘Oh, my God,'” the witness said. “They hit the window on the driver’s side, and she tried to get out but there’s a fence right there, and she couldn’t get out. So she had all that weight with her and all the water inside. The men got scared, they didn’t want to leave, they were mad, so they got scared, people were yelling so they had to leave before they got arrested.”
The story about police telling men to leave was backed up by several people who live on Vulcan Avenue right next to where the drowning took place. However, KFOX14 cannot confirm if the woman was dead or alive at that time.
The witness said that 10-15 minutes later, the waters started to go down and she could see a black mass inside and realized it was the woman.
“There were ambulances, there was the Fire Department, helicopters, airplanes, I said ‘Oh, my God, they’re not doing anything about it,’ so she passed away,” said the witness.
The witness said it appeared to her that everyone just stood around and watched as the woman possibly died in her car, as nobody knew if she was still alive or not.
“We thought they were going to rescue her or come and do something, CPR, take her out, something, they have the tools, everyone had the tools, but they didn’t do anything. Nothing, they didn’t even touch the water,” she said. “It’s so sad. If it was my mother or my sister or someone, I would’ve gone and tried to rescue her.”
It seems like we are reaching the point of societal breakdown when we can do simple things like helping one another without running into people with the political clout to stop us. People who want to rescue a drowning woman should know that the police have their back. They shouldn’t have to worry about being arrested. And they shouldn’t be so afraid to speak the truth that they have to insist on anonymity.