Pedestrians on H Street at night
A reader writes in asking for advice after her boyfriend was shoved into the street by a group of teens. I am responding to her email off the blog, but I too am curious how others might suggest handling a situation like this.
Hey, I live just north of H street and read the blog all the time. I work on H and am subsequently constantly there, love the neighborhood and have no intention on leaving but I do have a question, maybe posted previously to your readers but I have not seen one of the same nature. I wanted to send a SOS for any pedestrians on the street to keep aware of their surroundings and be aware of bike crews.
My boyfriend was walking down H street, 11th and H Street and was pushed into the gutter by a group of teens on mountain bikes.
What do you think the appropriate action would have been made by him? If everyone, for future reference?
Thanks for the feedback.
Concerned H streeter.
Here's the advice I sent to the reader this morning:
I'd definitely suggest calling the police once the person is out of harm's way. Also, just to be careful not to do anything to escalate the situation immediately after something like that (anyone who is willing to push someone into the gutter/street is clearly willing to cause physical harm to others). I'd say if someone is shoved like this in the future and the kids don't immediately leave, it makes sense to go into the nearest business to minimize the chance of a further attack. Basically, get yourself safe, and then call the police. I would also suggest telling a bartender, or another employee at any business you go into what has happened so they can alert other businesses in case these guys just moved a block of so down the street.