There is a horrific report out of Hollywood where a man accidentally lit himself on fire and, while some people struggled to help him, other party goers gathered around with cameras and filmed the man as he burned. Some reports had people dancing and laughing as people tried to push them back so the man could be assisted. Gilbert Estrada, 51, later died. People posted the scene below on YouTube which shows people cheering and laughing as Estrada lay on the ground.
The festival was held in West Hollywood as part of an annual Halloween carnival. There were good people in the crowd who prong forward to help. They offer some hope for this species but they appear outnumbered by people who seem to be enjoying the scene. We have previously seen cases where people step over unconscious or dead people, sometimes taking pictures, without calling police. We have also seen the disgusting reaction of people who laugh at the suffering of others. I have long been mystified by the latent cruelty and detachment of many in our society. As have discussed the common scene of bystanders who laugh and call for suicidal individuals to jump to their deaths so they can watch. Somehow these people were raised without a modicum of humanity and are clearly detached from the suffering of others.
In this case, Estrada reportedly was wearing a sniper costume made of burlap sacks and straw. Witnesses said that he ignited the hood when lighting a cigarette. That is not uncommon as an accident on Halloween as we have seen.
Source: LA Times