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What do you do if you witness or experience public harassment?




Anti-Nazi activists taunt supporters of the far-right NPD political party marching on May Day in Dierkow district on May 1, 2014 in Rostock, Germany. Left-wing protesters repeatedly blocked the route of the approximately 250 NPD supporters and at one point attacked them with rocks.
Anti-Nazi activists taunt supporters of the far-right NPD political party marching on May Day in Dierkow district on May 1, 2014 in Rostock, Germany. Left-wing protesters repeatedly blocked the route of the approximately 250 NPD supporters and at one point attacked them with rocks.
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This past Friday, two men were stabbed to death and a third man injured when they tried to intervene as another man went on a racist tirade aimed at two young women on a commuter train in Portland.

In light of Friday’s events, we speak with former police chief of Boca Raton, Florida, Andrew J. Scott, regarding what someone can do and what considerations they should think about while witnessing or experiencing public harassment, be it racist speech, sexual harassment or another incident that might be in danger of escalating.

We also want to hear from you. What have you done when you witnessed or experienced public harassment? What did you consider – escape routes, calling the police, the physical size of those involved – before choosing to intervene, or not intervene?

Call us at 866-893-5722.  

Guest:

Andrew J. Scott, former police chief of Boca Raton, Florida; president of AJS Consulting with 30 years of law enforcement experience