It must be a scary thing to witness child abuse. What’s the first thing you would do? You’d want to keep the child safe and prevent the abusive adult from getting even more physical by directly confronting him/her, but you’d also want to intervene to make it stop now.
When Oscar Lopez saw a father whipping his son for dropping a baseball, he took a video and called out to the man to stop. Then he called the police. Little did he know that the man in question was a local California official.
Anthony Sanchez, the Imperial Irrigation District Director in El Centro, California, allegedly beat his stepson after the boy dropped a ball during a backyard game of catch. He is also alleged to have taunted the boy, saying that he would be made fun of if he dropped the ball during a real game.
Lopez yelled at the man from his window and told him to stop. He then videotaped the incident and called the police. He loaded the video to YouTube and turned over the video evidence to police when they arrived.
Sanchez has been arrested on suspicion of felony child abuse. His lawyers say that the full facts haven’t come out yet and we shouldn’t jump to conclusions, but from this video, it seems that what happened is pretty clear.
What would you have done if you witnessed this?
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