Evan Marshall is a retired Detroit PD police officer who spent 20 years going into harm’s way for total strangers. In his police service, Marshall worked on the street, as a homicide detective, and on the tactical unit. Outside of the law enforcement community, Marshall is known to most people as an author and firearms instructor.
Marshall wrote an editorial piece called “The Dangers of Intervention.” In this commentary he attempts to illustrate the very real dangers associated with intervening in situations you might observe. Marhsall’s observations about this deadly serious topic are blunt and accurate. Marshall’s article is well worth reading…twice.
Getting involved in the disputes of others is a difficult and dangerous thing. Sometimes, things are not what they seem. When you get involved, you might find that the person you are attempting to help is really the “bad guy.” What then? What if the person you perceive as the bad guy is an undercover police officer? Things can go badly very quickly. How do you think things will go if you shoot a cop – even if you “thought” you were doing the right thing?
Be very careful if you decide to get involved in other people’s problems. You might discover that their problems have made your position extremely bad.
Some situations may be obvious – a guy walking through a shopping mall and randomly shooting innocent people, for example. If you have the shot, take it. But many more situations are not so obvious. You might walk up on a woman and man fighting. Many men will immediately think the woman is the victim, but perhaps she is a prostitute trying to get away from a cop. Or perhaps it is a drug rip off where she just tried to rob the dealer. In that case all parties are bad guys and you want no part of that confrontation.