I want to highlight this story out of Las Vegas.
Police in Las Vegas have released security video they say shows a woman shoving a 74-year-old man off a public bus after witnesses say he asked her to be nice to other passengers.
The video shows Serge Fournier landing face-first on a sidewalk east of downtown on March 21. He died April 23.
The Clark County coroner ruled Fournier’s death a homicide resulting from his injuries
Here is the video:
The video, which did not include sound, showed Fournier speaking to Bishop, then getting behind him and — as the bus stopped and the exit door opened — allegedly shoving him with both hands off the bus. Fournier, who was holding a foldable shopping cart, landed face-first on the pavement and hit his head, according to the warrant.
Fournier “was pushed with enough force that he never touched any of the steps,” the arrest warrant stated. “[He] went directly from the bus aisle platform to the concrete sidewalk. His head landed approximately eight feet from the bus doorway.”
Even though this case did not involve a punch, what we see here is the same as what we’ve seen in so many other cases. The victim hits his head on the concrete during a fall caused by an assault and dies days or weeks later from a traumatic brain injury.
The perpetrator, in this case, is a black woman. Showing that under the right circumstances, it does not take an overwhelming amount of strength to kill. Simply shoving someone off a slightly elevated platform is enough to cause death.
Real life is not like the movies. You don’t bump your head then wake up just fine a few minutes or hours later and go on about your day. You bump your head and your brain swells inside your skull and you die in the hospital a week or month later.
It is time the law reflects the reality of the dangers of bare-handed physical assault.