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My wife told me about this appalling local story. As reported in the Sun-Times:

A man choked an 8-year-old girl until she passed out inside the bathroom of a South Loop store last weekend, according to Chicago Police.

She was with her mother at the business in the 1200 block of South Canal when the girl went to the bathroom alone about 1:15 p.m. on May 7, according to Chicago Police.

The woman then heard a scream from her daughter and went inside to find 33-year-old Reese M. Hartstirn carrying the unconscious girl into a stall, police said. He had choked her with his hands, police allege.

Other people in the store helped restrain the man until police arrived to arrest him. The girl was taken to Comer Children’s Hospital, but police did not have information on her condition.

My immediate reaction to the story, of course, was relief that the creep hadn’t been able to go farther than he had. My second reaction was to marvel at how mild we’ve become. A couple of generations ago onlookers wouldn’t’ve stopped with restraining, at least not people of my acquaintance. Nowadays we’re lucky when people restrain miscreants until the police arrive so that eventually he can be tortured and beaten to death which we think of as the rule of law.

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  • Steve Link

    A couple of generations ago he would likely have been beaten badly in most of the places I lived growing up. Maybe killed if a minority. Wouldn’t be surprised if someone took a free shot or two while he was down.


  • Gray Shambler Link

    If mom popped in first to check things out , found the man smiling, waiting with arms folded, leaning against a wall ,she would now have no legal reason to object to his presence. You see, I self identify as a woman, but my gown is at the cleaners today.

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