Sometimes a punch isn’t even a punch

I want to highlight this story out of Las Vegas.

Video of man shoved off bus released in Vegas murder case

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:

Woman charged with murder for fatally pushing elderly man from Las Vegas bus

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.

2 Replies to “Sometimes a punch isn’t even a punch”

  1. 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 can be worse than that.

    A few years ago, actress Natasha Richardson (Liam Neeson’s wife) was skiing and hit her head on something on the bunny slope. Not sure if she fell. She brushed it off and went skiing for a couple of hours. She started feeling bad, and someone called an ambulance. She was declared brain dead within 24 hours.

    ( https://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/neeson-opens-death-wife-kind-isn-real-article-1.1622449 )

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