A Black Lives Matter protester photographed carrying a white man – assumed to be a far-right counterprotester – to safety when demonstrations descended into violence in London Saturday said he chose to step up, rather than let the man be pummeled by the crowd, “to stop someone from being killed.”
Patrick Hutchinson, who is black, and four other Black Lives Matter protesters said they witnessed an altercation break out at the top of the stairs by the Southbank Centre, near the Waterloo Station.
The five men then surrounded the white man who had fallen to the ground, forming a barrier in the crowd to prevent him from being trampled. Hutchinson said he then “scooped him up into a fireman’s carry and marched him out with the guys around me, protecting me and shielding me and protecting this guy from getting any further punishment.”
“I wasn’t thinking, I was just thinking of a human being on the floor. It wasn’t going to end well had we not intervened,” Hutchinson told the BBC. “I had no other thoughts in my mind apart from getting to safety. We did what we had to do. We stopped somebody from being killed.” Read Fox News article
Amazing things happen when we just see each other as human beings and do the right thing! Thankfully, Hutchinson demonstrates for us how it should be done and said in a TV interview, “It’s not black versus white, it’s everyone versus the racists.” I hope that the “far-right protester” had a come-to-Jesus moment being carried to his safety. Obviously things would have ended a lot differently had Hutchinson not have intervened.
Hutchinson also told how things would have turned out differently for George Floyd if others would acted with the same compassion and respect for all humanity:
“If the other three police officers that were standing around when George Floyd was murdered had thought about intervening, and stopping their colleague from doing what he was doing, like we did, George Floyd would be alive today,” he said.
Hutchinson also added that he just wants “equality for us all.” With the scales of justice “unfairly balanced,” he just wants things to be fair for his children and grandchildren. Is that too much to ask? Thank God for a man of character in the midst of social unrest.