It’s no exaggeration to say the ambush in Dallas earlier this month was a tragedy. As a Dallas native, it’s still hard to believe some of the stories from that night and to think about all the chaos so near my home. But in the midst of that chaos, a 12 year old boy named Jamar Taylor, was inspired by the heroic actions around him, to make the world a better place.
Jamar’s mother, Shetamia Taylor, had taken her four sons downtown in order to teach them about peaceful protests. The family was walking to their car, ready to head home, when Shetamia was shot in her right calf. She was one of the two civilians injured that night.
Officers immediately sprang into action to shield Shetamia and her sons from the bullets. Thankfully, Shetamia has recovered and her sons were unharmed. She described the scene to DallasNews.com: “There was another [officer] at our feet, and another over our head… Several of them lined against a wall and stayed there with us… I’ve never seen anything like that.”
The officers’ bravery stuck with her youngest son, Jamar. Earlier this week, a town hall meeting took place in Washington regarding race relations and policing. 12 year old Jamar was there, and he had a chance to stand up and tell President Obama how the Dallas police inspired him that night.
“I want to be a police officer when I get older. I want to make this world a better place, as much as I can. I want to tell kids and adults that not all police officers are bad. Some police officers make mistakes.”
Little Jamar has plenty of reasons to be fearful and angry after the tragedies that have taken place across our country and the world this summer. But Jamar instead speaks with gratitude and hope for the future.
Jamar’s statement, broadcast on ABC, can be watched below.
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