A Citizen's Arrest
This turned out to be an unusual day after all! Today at work I was running around going to meetings and taking care of things when I realized I had missed lunch. Earlier I had heard yelling noises and police sirens outside my office, and had not considered them anything unusual for downtown Berkeley. When I ran out to get a salad from a small shop by my office as I do most days, I asked the ladies there what the noise was all about. They said a man had tried to snatch a woman's purse, and she had resisted. Then two customers inside the shop who had witnessed the struggle had gone to the woman's rescue, and had neutralized and arrested the burglar. When I came out, the two local "heroes" were giving their statements to Berkeley Police. I didn't know the woman heroe, but I recognized the man who had been sittng across the conference table from me at a software presentation yesterday. When a civilian arrests someone who has broken the law, he has made a "Citizen's Arrest." I didn't think in today's world, outside of movies, anybody would attempt this dangerous civic action anymore. Live and learn. This evening I went to see Abbas Kiarostami's "ABC Africa" in Berkeley with two dear friends. It is a documentary he did by invitation of an organization in Uganda to tell of the 1.5 million orphans left behind the AIDS epidemic in that country. Simple storytelling by Kiarostami of a human catastrophe. Words are incapable of describing the story of those children's eyes.