This video was shared with me by Doug Wiltshire. One for group analysis!
It is presented as “Bully knocked out by vendor” so let’s run with that for the time being:
If that is what is happening, then the victim managed distance very well and it would seem that he did pretty much all he could to avoid confrontation. Because of the well managed distance, the avoidance and counter was very decisive. There is no fuelling of aggression through counter-aggression and there is a demonstrated intent to avoid violence. The victim was clearly ready to act the instant violence was unavoidable; no doubt due to the numerous cues from the aggressor (i.e. adjusting of clothing to prepare for action, attempts to cut off escape route, splaying of arms, etc.). It was clear that violence was very likely and it was not going to end at the cart pushing phase. The fact he leaves immediately after the punch has landed (i.e. no unnecessary follow ups) would also seem to be commendable.
Watch the video and see what you think?
BAD LANGUAGE WARNING
Did you see it? Or did you spot the picture to the right before viewing? You can see it most clearly from 19 to 25 seconds. I looks to me like a knife. It would seem to have been transferred to the left hand before the punch is thrown.
Is this video exactly as presented? Or was a knife pulled? Is it possible that the gent in black is not the villain of the piece but is instead trying to protect others from a guy who has pulled a knife in a public area?
This video is potentially a very interesting exercise on how we, and witnesses, can get things very wrong! The hundreds of thousands of people who have seen this video online have the guy in white as the good guy. It would seem that the guy videoing and those in the surrounding area never noticed the knife either. I never saw it on the first viewing, so if I was there, I may well have gone along with the consensus.
Before seeing the knife, it was “bully in black knocked out by good guy in white”. Once I saw the knife, I realised it could just has easily have been, “Good guy in black tries to deal with armed man in public area … and gets knocked out, branded the bad guy and ends up facing legal difficulties as hundreds of eye witnesses support the villian’s story”. Not seeing what went before or after, it’s impossible to tell.
Nevertheless, one to ponder over!
All the best,