What began as just another day on the job for local anchor Shomari Stone has now become national news. Stone, who works at KOMO 4 News, the Seattle ABC affiliate was out on assignment near the waterfront where he and a cameraman were filming his clips for the evening broadcast. In the middle of Stone recording the intro, a fight between several men broke out nearby.
The scuffle quickly turned into a one-on-one fight, with one man punching the other in the head. Stone, who at this point was yelling at the two men to stop fighting, says initially he did not want to get involved. But as the man continued to take hits to the head, the reporter says “instinct kicked in.”
As seen on the video, Stone rushed into the middle of the fight and tackled the assailant down to the ground. Witnesses called 9-1-1 and police quickly arrived on the scene. However, the real story is in what happened after cops got there. Mediabistro reports:
According to police officers, the man that Stone saved was possibly a white supremacist. When the victim, whose arms were covered in swastika tattoos, approached Stone to thank him after the incident, Stone, who is African-American, told the man, “Remember to judge the man by his character and not the color of his skin.”
Stone acted as a concerned citizen and a colorblind one, going out his way to make sure another person did not get hurt. While there may be irony in it for the alleged white supremacist, I think even he would have to agree being saved by black man beats getting windmill punches in the street.
Many are calling Stone is a hero for being unafraid to jump in and split up the fight. If you had witnessed the situation, tell us- what would you do?