This article articulates a very important point. Though, I would offer that someone stepping in who is ill-equipped is better than letting an abuse occur. Often, if one person moves in a public abuse situation, others help too.
“[D]on’t do it without a plan. Because the very last thing a tense situation needs is someone full of good intentions but with no knowledge of de-escalation tactics or self-defense.” Ideas for moving beyond symbolism to activism in the wake of the US presidential election.