ESSENCE Poll: What Do You Do When You Witness A Person In Distress?

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There were numerous witnesses to the abduction of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither. Have you ever been a witness to an emergency?

Yesterday, we shared the story of Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, a 22-year-old woman who was abducted off the streets of Philadelphia Sunday night. Surveillance video captured her chilling abduction on tape.

In the video you can see the struggling Freeland-Gaither being dragged and forced into her captor's car. You can also see another car approaching the scene of the crime and lingering, before the suspect's vehicle drives away. You may also be able to see another bystander in the distance running by as Freeland-Gaither is dragged into the car.

Witnesses came forward and told the Philadelphia police all they could to help identify the suspect. Thankfully, Freeland-Gaither has been found alive and well, and a suspect in her kidnapping is now in custody. However, there are people who say the entire ordeal could have been avoided if one of the witnesses tried to physically help her on the night of her abduction.

Be honest: What would you do if you witnessed an emergency situation? Would you help out? Would you mind your own business? Take our poll and share your stories in the comments below.

What do you do when you witness a person in distress?
Get involved/intervene
Ignore it
Call the authorities
Record the incident on your phone
Total votes: 257

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