Shematia Taylor: Protestor to protected, DPD saves mom and son
WASHINGTON, July 11, 2016 — Shematia Taylor and her son were saved by the Dallas Police Department. They were shielded by the same persons they were protesting, the very individuals she was standing against.
“We were there. It was really nice. It was very peaceful. It was informative. The kids had a good time. My 12-year-old was like, ‘I’m making history. I get to march,’” Taylor told KDFW-Fox 4 News .
Taylor and her five sons attended the anti-police protest in Dallas, demonstrating against the deaths of two black men, one in Minnesota and the other in Louisiana, shot by police earlier that week. In her hospital interview, Taylor said she wanted to show her sons that they could make a difference.
But unfortunately, a domestic terrorist filled with anti-white and anti-police officer venom was intent on carrying out an assassination of the police based upon their race. That hatred, that racism, was another lesson that Taylor, her sons and perhaps Dallas and America were not ready for.
In a split second, she went from protester to victim, as Taylor and another civilian were shot by the assassin, who was targeting the Dallas police.
Instinctively, Taylor covered her child with her own body, to save him from the deadly bullets that were raining on police. As she felt a bullet pierce her arm, she felt something else: a police officer embracing both her and her child to save them both from the madman.
The uniform police motto to “protect and serve” is proudly shared among the hundreds of thousands of law enforcement officers throughout the nation. They begin every roll call with one primary thought: Be the shield of safety for the innocent and stand between them and those who would bring them deadly harm.
This is more than just a motto; it is part of the soul and heart of those brave men and women who patrol neighborhoods and city streets and roads in every square inch of America.
Taylor experienced the reality of that motto. The tearful words of heartbreak and gratitude that trickled from her moved Americans because of their honesty. She stressed how thankful she was because of the police officers who protected her. “They had no regard for their own life.”
Instead, the Dallas officers became human shields, a barrier of protection between Taylor and her son and the gunman. This was a transformative moment for both Taylor and her young sons, ages 12, 13, 15 and 17, who had attended the protest march with her.
Despite the sacrifices of the Dallas police and other officers every day, some continue to malign and verbally assault them. Too many of the Black Lives Matter agitators would rather spit hatred at police officers than thank them for their service. They shout slogans like “Pigs in a blanket” and “Fry ‘em like bacon!” to raise the ire of their supporters.
These Black Lives Matter leaders are cowards, unwilling to stand up against the true enemies of black lives in America. They are unwilling to bear witness to the tens of thousands of black-on-black assaults and murders that turn urban streets red in the blood of the innocent each year.
These same persons are unwilling to confront the drug dealers, the street thugs and the purveyors of abortion of black unborn children that rob black neighborhoods of their lives, safety and future.
But in Dallas, Taylor knows the truth. The mother who dove to protect the life of her son learned an important lesson. There is a greatness that thrives in the hearts of the officers that she says she knows more than ever.
The Dallas mom stressed in a quivering voice, “They stayed there with us and I saw another officer get shot right there in front of me,” She added tearfully, “That car was riddled with bullets,” she said. “I’m thankful that that officer didn’t get hit as he was driving us.”
The officers never wavered in their commitment and never questioned their responsibility. They stayed with the mom and son to “protect and serve.”
Taylor now knows the heroic mission that these officers and those across the nation embark on 24/7. If only the families of the Black Lives Matter protesters could sit them down for even a moment and listen to the inspirational words of this Dallas mother and learn not to demonize officers based on the color of their skin.
Perhaps then, these rebellious race-baiting protesters will understand the Biblical principles that guided Rev. Martin Luther King’s civil rights movement.
The Dallas police officers pursued a course of action that reflected the content of the character and did what was right. Taylor now knows the true good these officers do, every day. She told KDFW-Fox 4 News she is a better person for the experience, and she thinks her sons are better for it too.
Now, hopefully, even more of America will learn that lesson and thank those who protect and serve.