At around 8:30 p.m. this evening [July 2], I was stopped at the light at Brighton/Lincoln and witnessed a man in a small electric wheelchair trying to get up the sidewalk ramp at South Bryant/Lincoln Avenue. He had been riding down South Bryant in the street, and one of our police officers pulled up beside him and told him to ride on the sidewalk. He told the officer he would if he could get his chair up the small bump in the ramp. His chair was not one of the high powered types.
The officer did not get out of the car, but pulled away, leaving the man to struggle.
I turned around at the next street and was going back to see if the man in the chair had made it onto the sidewalk. Luckily, he did, and I asked him why the officer didn’t help him. He said the officer told him, “You shouldn’t have any trouble getting up the ramp.”
I know this is only one side of the story, but it sure would have warmed my heart if the officer would have helped the man up the ramp. Hopefully, the next time he sees someone with special needs, he will offer assistance.