A man who was hit by a car on Thursday in the pedestrian crossing in front of the Municipal Police in Codlea lay unconscious on the asphalt for almost half an hour, in the rain, without the policemen helping him. The law enforcement officers did not call 112 or transport him to the Ambulance substation in Codlea, although he was less than 100 meters from the accident site. The man, who was thrown 7 meters onto the asphalt, was helped by witnesses to the incident, who called the ambulance. Although the witnesses admonished one of the policemen, he remained impassive. The leadership of the Braşov County Police ordered the start of an internal investigation. About this case of cruel indifference, sociologist Gelu Duminică says that the problem starts with education and the values instilled by the family, and the lack of reaction to the misfortunes of those around us have roots in childhoods where parents ignored their problems and abuses which those around were facing.
“What we sow, we reap. Were we ever taught what first aid really means – in school, college, high school? Were we taught what it means not to be indifferent? That indifference is the main factor that leads us to a situation like have we been taught to be solidary, empathetic, to support our neighbor?
Do what the pope says, not what the pope does.
Not so much happens in Romanian society that is not related to what we are taught in the Church – not to steal, not to lie, not to fornicate. Do not covet another’s good. Do not put behind the Church what is not necessarily behind the Church.
We have to look at the education that we provide in the family and that we receive in the school. You will see that these values, which we see now, are often learned, transmitted.
“Don’t bother, it’s none of your business”, but the moment we know very well that our neighbor, for example, is a victim of domestic violence, we put our fingers in our ears and our parents say that “they argue, they it’s okay, don’t bother».
Instead, the moment we see her with a knife in her chest we say “God forbid. He didn’t have days anymore”.
He had days, if we did our job. It would be completely and completely different, if we knew how to do our job as citizens,” said sociologist Gelu Duminića.
The accident occurred on Thursday morning, on Lungă Street, in the town of Codlea.
A 19-year-old female driver injured a 35-year-old man on a pedestrian crossing a few tens of meters from the Codlea Police headquarters. The victim, seriously injured, was left lying on the asphalt, without any of the policemen who came to the scene of the accident trying to help him.
The attitude of the policemen caused the anger of the witnesses. A man admonished one of the policemen, the whole scene being filmed.
“Did you take his pulse, see if he’s still alive, see if he’s breathing?”, a man asks the policeman, and the lawman answers: “I didn’t take his pulse…”.
“Well, no? Well, why didn’t you take it from him, that you are educated… that you joined the militia. Is such a thing possible? A man should sit… look at him! And do nothing? Well, you’re not doing anything? Well, what country do we live in? If I move him, you’ll take it from me. I’ll move him, sir, to see if he’s breathing. How can you leave a man down like that for ten minutes? You have no shame ?”, the man can be heard telling the police.
The witnesses also accuse that the ambulance came after 20 minutes to the scene of the accident, although the headquarters of the local station is close by.
In a statement for Pro Tv news, doctor Steluţa Coţiu from the Braşov County Ambulance Service stated that the crew went to the indicated place, where they did not find any victim, and later the caller did not know where the victim was.
After the images appeared in the public space, the officials of the Braşov County Police Inspectorate announced, through the Public Relations Department, that internal checks were being carried out.
“At the level of the Braşov County Police Inspectorate, based on the order of the chief inspector, it was requested to carry out checks, with speed, through the internal control structure. The researches aim at establishing the factual situation, identifying possible syncopes in the recording of the event, as well as establishing some mechanisms for improving the way of action regarding intervention in emergency situations.
Also, in this context, it was ordered to retrain the policemen on the way of intervention and action in the situation of notification/production of such events. We reiterate the fact that the police officers within our institution have the obligation to show professionalism and empathy during interactions with citizens, especially in situations where their lives and physical integrity are at risk. Moreover, every mission must be carried out in the spirit of respect for the law and for the citizen”, the leadership of the Braşov County Police said.
Editor: Andreea Smerea