Indeed wildcat - the macho man does not turn, but looks only forward.
I had a similar experience on a train from Schleswig-Holstein into Denmark. I had went to Flensburg to visit a German friend - he later went on to study in Munich and has done very well for himself. I took the opportunity to travel up into Jutland to meet up with my then girlfriend, who was training in a large provincial town too boring to name. And trains are a good way to travel in Europe. So I thought I'd relax and enjoy the European Dream, in the making, so to speak.
The train approached the Danish border crossing point and stopped; dozens of police boarded - some with dogs stood outside. The dogs were quite, they were under orders.
A middle-eastern woman was hauled off the train with her children - her papers were not in order, obviously.
Of course nobody on the train - largely a mixture of Danes and Germans - turned. I noticed this only after looking at the woman. The woman and her children were screaming, their distress obvious to anyone with ears. It may as well not have been happening, for all my fellow travellers appeared to care - even the women never turned.
Only the children on board were curious, but children learn how to behave from their parents; and like the dogs - they were under orders!
Some things never change.