Thank you for presenting this example. I couldn't imagine finding a more precise example that exemplifies the clear dichotomous consideration and intervention afforded two separate humans under attack (Jesse Lee Williams on the one hand, and this nurse on the other). Almost instantaneously, the correctional staff swarm this man who hits the nurse. She later said she wasn't even initially "angry," but more like "shocked." I will say this, the correctional staff in this particular clip appeared to be doing their jobs well -- they responded (it appears) with only that amount of force necessary to subdue the inmate. I must say, however, I do fear a little what will/did happen to this guy later when the cameras were not on him. I know we learned in here that he had, earlier in the day, been placed in 4pt restraints, forcibly injected with something, and well, obviously angry.
The nurse was very brave and she seemed to handle the situation very professionally. She was not injured. She appeared fine in the subsequent interview. Was she actually injured?
I would imagine she probably had expected the possibility of encountering angry young men when she hired on at the correctional facility. Nonetheless, the situation was well handled by everyone. You asked me what I would have done ? ... as whom? the nurse? the officers? Had I been the nurse, I would like to think that I would have handled the situation exactly as the nurse handled it. I would not have taken it personally, and I would have stepped back and let the officers subdue the inmate. However, there is maybe one thing I would have done that maybe she did not do: Afterward, I would have told the officers that the incident was over as far as I am concerned, and I would sincerely hope that no retalitory actions would be taken on my behalf. I am fine. I don't have a scratch on me. I'm a little nervous, but I know that officers are always close at hand to squelch any potential incident from getting out of hand and putting me in real danger. I would have filed whatever paperwork (disc rep, etc.) that was called for in this situation.
This inmate was clearly angry -- he was injected by force earlier in the day, he was in 4pt restraints earlier in the day -- he probably had already been pepper sprayed earlier in the day... he was a bit cranky.
Please compare that nurse's intervention with the intervention Jesse Lee Williams got. In case you need the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q7Z4ub2YFZY
Watch this and notice the people standing around... the people participating ... the people watching... the people enabling. They all had a fork in their life's road that day. All of them appeared to choose the wrong path. They now live with that.
What are your thoughts on why nobody did anything on behalf of Jesse Lee Williams?