Shetamia Taylor went to the protest with her four sons and described a peaceful protest until a shot rang out. She thought at first it was close to July 4th and it could have been fireworks. Then she saw a heavy set officer, balding, and he was shot and as he was falling dead, he thought of them.
“As he was going down, he said, ‘He has a gun. Run,'” she recalled.
It was his last act.
She ran with her sons ahead of her.
As the bullets were flying she pushed her 15-year old son down and threw her body on his. She was shot in the leg but didn’t want her son to know.
An officer then jumped on top of them. “And there was another one at our feet. And there was another one over our heads. And there were several of them lined against the wall,” she said. “And they stayed there with us. And I saw another officer get shot right in front of me.”
The police surrounded them and shielded them.
“I want to say thank you to the officers,” she said during an emotional press conference at Baylor University Medical Center. “They were really heroes for us. They saved my life, my son’s life and I want to say thank you to them first and foremost.”
“They had no regard for their own life. They stayed there with us. They surrounded my son and I,” she said.
She was separated from her other three sons and just prayed and prayed for them and for the police. Fortunately, her sons were fine.
Taylor, in a wheelchair with her right leg immobilized, said that she always held police officers “in a very high place” and notes that her youngest son wants to be a cop.
“I never had an issue with police officers,” she said. “If anything it made my admiration for them greater.”
Taylor, who is black, said she went to the march to protest the killings of black men by police in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and outside St. Paul, Minnesota, and previous encounters between blacks and police.
The protesters in Dallas all seemed very proud of their police. They were just there because they believe the black men killed by cops in other places were killed unfairly. In a few cases that is true, but in most, it’s not. Unfortunately, they are being lied to.
Two of her other sons escaped through a parking garage, while the fourth fled the gunfire with another woman he didn’t know.
Taylor suffered a bad fracture of her tibia just below her right knee, one of her doctors said. It was repaired with a plate and screws, but it will be two to three months before she can put weight on her leg.
Taylor says she wonders where the country is going to go from here.
“I’m just a mother and a wife,” she said. “I’m not an activist. I’m not a politician. I just want to protect my family.”
She stressed that most police officers deserve praise and not all of them are “out to get us.”
“These are the people you call when you’re in a situation. You gotta remember that,” she said. “What are we gonna do if they stop policing? What are we gonna do? … Who are you gonna call?”
This has to be one of the most wonderful stories I have heard and more people need to realize that these officers go out every day and risk their lives to protect us. Most will give their lives for us. What greater gift could one give to another?