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7/11/2016

Los Angeles Times Neglects To Mention Black Mother’s Increased Admiration For Police Officers After She Was Shot At Dallas Protest

Filed under: General — Dana @ 9:35 am



[guest post by Dana]

Last week, Shetamia Taylor, concerned about police officer shootings involving black men, took her four sons to the Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas. During the subsequent melee, Taylor, who is not an activist and resides in a Dallas suburb, ended up with a bullet in her leg.

Yesterday, in front of cameras, an emotional Taylor recounted the awful events as the protest turned for the worse. The Los Angeles Times reports:

After she was shot, Taylor managed to grab her 15-year-old son, Andrew Humphrey, and push him between a car and the curb, shielding him with her body.

“I was just laying on top of him,” she said. “If it was going to happen to one of my sons, it was going to happen to me first.”

She watched police stream up the block toward them — and the shooting. One of them shouted, “Is anybody hit?’”

Andrew yelled no, unaware that his mother was injured.

Taylor didn’t want to alarm him, and called out quietly to one of the officers, “Yes, sir, I’m hit in my leg!”

Police rushed over, most of them white officers, and jumped on top of Taylor and her son. “There was another one at our feet and another one over our head and several of them lying against a wall. And they just stayed there with us,” she said. “I had never seen anything like that before, the way they came around us and guarded us like that.”

It’s a gripping story of a mother’s love and strength compelling her to do what loving parents are hardwired to do. But it’s more than that. It’s yet another testament to the commitment of police officers to lay down their lives for those who are not their own children, not their loved ones, but are quite simply, the public whom they have sworn to serve and protect.

Interestingly, not included in the report by the Los Angeles Times is Shetamia Taylor’s significant pledge of support for law enforcement:

“I’ve always held police officers, at a very high place in life,” Taylor said of police officers. “My son, my youngest one, since he was six, that’s all he wants to do and I’m going to support him in that, and I’m going to continue to support my community, my police officers. I’ve never had an issue with police officers. And if anything, it’s just made my admiration for them greater, it really it has.”

When a Black Lives Matter protest runs horribly amok and a black mother, with four sons in tow, ends up getting shot in the leg by a black sniper targeting white police officers expresses her admiration and increased respect for law enforcement, you might want to mention it. Especially in light of Dallas Police Chief David Brown’s emotional statement to Jake Tapper:

We’re sworn to protect you and your right to protest, and we’ll give our lives for it,” Brown said.

“And it’s sort of like being in a relationship where you love that person, but that person can’t express or show you love back,” he said. “I don’t know if you’ve been in a relationship like that before, Jake, but that’s a tough relationship to be in, where we show our love — because there’s no greater love than to give your life for someone, and that’s what we’re continuing to be willing to do.”

“And we just need to hear from the protesters back to us, ‘We appreciate the work you do for us in our right to protest,'” Brown said. “That should be fairly easy.”

It was obviously fairly very easy for Shetamia Taylor to express her appreciation. Apparently it wasn’t so easy for the Los Angeles Times to relay her message to readers.

–Dana

38 Responses to “Los Angeles Times Neglects To Mention Black Mother’s Increased Admiration For Police Officers After She Was Shot At Dallas Protest”

  1. Hello.

    Dana (995455)

  2. Well, it’s not clear that the cops would give their lives for LA Times reporters. There ARE limits.

    Kevin M (25bbee)

  3. Michael Hiltzik and Steve Lopez would be oh so proud of such an omission!

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  4. It’s the Los Angeles Times. Nothing new here. This is the news org that decided we weren’t supposed to see the Khalidi tape. You honestly think a simple lie by omission is a stretch for them?

    Bill H (971e5f)

  5. No, I don’t, Bill H. But it seems important to point out their selective omissions, especially in light of all the talk about our nation needing to heal, blah, blah.

    Dana (995455)

  6. Bill H,

    Nobody’s saying it’s a stretch, are they?
    I think people are just pointing out that it’s business as usual at Spring Street.

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  7. When the shooting started, both the marchers (about 800 of them) and the police (about 100 of them) thought the demonstrators were the target.

    She was one of the two non-police hit by one or more of Micah Xavoer Johnson’s bullets.

    Sammy Finkelman (c82029)

  8. Rule #1 for news services like the LA Times: Don’t rock the narrative.

    TheNaBr (0c7c2f)

  9. The Dallas PD has my respect. I have unfortunately seen too many other departments not worthy of respect.

    Steve Malynn (1d7837)

  10. A healed nation does not a news story make.

    Anchovy (4a1728)

  11. Her story did not advance the narrative thus it became un newsworthy.

    Rev. Hoagie® (0f4ef6)

  12. They have mostly ignored the subsequent shootings too, like the one in Michigan today.
    I had to visit the LA Times for my job a few years ago and it’s like a time capsule. Everyone looks like old hippies or old geeks they have not changed an idea or hairstyle for 50 years

    Patricia (e0e108)

  13. The L.A. Dog Trainer is sworn to serve and protect (the narrative) against all enemies, conservative and conservative.

    arik (02de93)

  14. “The Dallas PD has my respect. I have unfortunately seen too many other departments not worthy of respect.”

    The Dallas PD trained and outfitted their department to police a civil society that no longer exists in any meaningful sense of the term, and more officers have died than not as a result. Their chief is an obvious AA hire and their mayor said he was more scared of white people with guns than black people.

    No respect. They were wrong then and they were wrong now, and the only continuing wrong is that the police chief and mayor themselves weren’t there to take the bullets in the warzones they insisted on treating as simple peace officer patrol areas.

    Dystopia Max (76803a)

  15. No respect. They were wrong then and they were wrong now, and the only continuing wrong is that the police chief and mayor themselves weren’t there to take the bullets in the warzones they insisted on treating as simple peace officer patrol areas.

    Thus the paralyzing effect political correctness has on society. And while leftists exist it will continue. Stamp out leftism. Make America great again.

    Rev. Hoagie® (0f4ef6)

  16. (ahem)
    , and I’m going to continue to support my community, my police officers. I’ve never had an issue with police officers

    Yes,she was so supportive of police that she thought it worthwhile to bring four teenagers (average age 14.3) to a BLM protest.

    kishnevi (050eae)

  17. salman rushdie hated the iron lady, called her a racist maggie magpie and security services, till the ayatollah forced him to resort for his protection,

    narciso (732bc0)

  18. Off topic request (sorry Dana) –

    My friend’s son is beginning his freshman year in college this fall. He looks to me as a mentor, and has asked me for summer reading recommendations concerning the founding of America, the Constitution, and capitalism. What is the one book that will most enlighten him about the relationship between freedom and free enterprise? The best book I can think of is Free to Choose by Milton Friedman. Are there any other books you guys can think of that will help this young man become a capitalist instead of a socialist?

    norcal (7a3030)

  19. there are some chapters from winik’s the great upheaval, about the background of the founders,

    narciso (732bc0)

  20. The Federalist Papers.

    ropelight (596f46)

  21. The Road to Serfdom

    Friedman did the introduction for that edition of Hayek’s classic. Hayek targeted the book at a level your friend’s son will be able to handle for the specific purpose of making it understandable to a mass audience. It’s a very decent economic primer providing sharp contrast between free and “controlled” market theories.

    Rick Ballard (ddb240)

  22. The Virtue of Selfishness.

    I think Rand was a lousy novelist and not much of a philosopher (the most important parts of Objectivism are really just recycled Aristotle) but she was a master essayist, and her essays make clear exactly what free enterprise is, and is not. Plus the book is short enough to allow for other readings.

    kishnevi (050eae)

  23. Thank you for the recommendations! By the way, this kid was offered scholarships from several prestigious schools, and chose Harvard. He was raised by a single mother from China.

    norcal (7a3030)

  24. summer reading recommendations concerning the founding of America, the Constitution, and capitalism. What is the one book that will most enlighten him about the relationship between freedom and free enterprise?

    Those are 2 or 3 separate subject. For the founding of America, or the constitution, there are collections of documents. There are the Federalist papers and there arelso anto-federalist papers. By the time the constitution was written theer was about 25 years worth of discussion about government, and controlling government.

    But that’s not the question you asked.

    About the connection between freedom and free enterprise, or at least about the connectioon between wealth and free enterprise, there is of course the Wealth of Nations (first editiopn 1776) and Adam Smith also wrote another book about Moral Philsophy in 1759. (The Theory of Moral Sentiments)

    On topic, he also wrote a book, or a book was put togethwr later on, called Lectures on Justice, Police, Revenue, and Arms (1763) which was, first published in 1869 or maybe that’s 1896)..

    That might be interesting.

    Online here: http://oll.libertyfund.org/titles/smith-lectures-on-justice-police-revenue-and-arms-1763 (the copyright has expired)

    Adam Smith was not satisfied with the quality or the accuracy of this work, and wanted it burned, and it was, but somebody, in 1766, had taken notes of the lectures, which were subsequently copied out, bound, and later sold. One person owned it in 1811, and in 1876 a member of his family, Mr. C. C. Maconochie’s acquired it.

    ‘In those days manuscript copies of a popular professor’s lectures, transcribed from his students’ note-books, were often kept for sale in the booksellers’ shops. Blair’s lectures on rhetoric, for example, were for years in general circulation in this intermediate state’

    So manuscript copies didn’t stop with the invention of printing. This was actually going on, with professor’s notes, pretty late into the 1700s.

    If you want something on how regulation sometimes kills, there is “Death by Liberalism” by J. R. Dunn (2011) I wouldn’t even agree with everything – some things are more complicated, but it is a list of topics for frther research anyway. I was particularly taken with the story of the degrading of the asthma inhalers for no good reason at all.

    There are probably lots of not all that widely read books that later wnt out of print that are worth reading. Maybe a collection of essays would be worth reading.

    Sammy Finkelman (c82029)

  25. Are there any other books you guys can think of that will help this young man become a capitalist instead of a socialist?

    norcal (7a3030) — 7/11/2016 @ 5:40 pm

    Anything by Dr Thomas Sowell or Dr Walter Williams. Throw in some V.D.Hansen for good measure.

    Bill H (971e5f)

  26. carp, I don’t real if it’s real or not, but this is where the nbpp was allowed to rampage no?

    http://www.weaselzippers.us/282962-breaking-police-investigating-bomb-threats-made-against-three-philly-police-districts/

    narciso (732bc0)

  27. No, I don’t, Bill H. But it seems important to point out their selective omissions, especially in light of all the talk about our nation needing to heal, blah, blah.

    Dana (995455) — 7/11/2016 @ 9:54 am

    Sorry, Dana, I wasn’t questioning you. I should have been clearer. I was just in a hurry (had to be elsewhere) to register my disgust. I don’t even bother newspapers anymore. They’re mostly hacks for the left. Your article is just another case proving the utter worthlessness of the Los Angeles Times. I don’t think I’ve even picked up a copy of the San Diego Union-Tribune or the Orange County Register in the last couple of years.

    Bill H (971e5f)

  28. I found this video of what claims to be the protest in Dallas prior to the shooting,
    Calling for dead cops:
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=TgBnB0341e4

    Can anyone confirm it is what it says? I know many people who want to think BLM is a good thing with a good point, and don’t let bad apples here and there distort that.
    I don’t believe that. I am sure there are many, just like with anti-war protesters, who have no clue about the anarchists driving things.

    I couldn’t believe there was some guy named Alinsky who wrote a book where he gave Lucifer credit and yet was taken seriously by anybody, let alone high ranking officials.
    BTW, the snopes article on rules for radicals is a hoot of a misdirection.

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  29. #19 norcal,

    A few novels…George Orwell’s “1984” and “Animal Farm,” John Dos Passos’ “Midcentury,” Allen Drury’s “Advise and Consent,” and Kazuo Ishiguro’s “The Remains of the Day.”

    Cruz Supporter (102c9a)

  30. doesn’t leave much room for doubt, does it, and there is a cross pollination with islamist elements which suggest this isn’t the beginning of the end, but the end of the beginning, as with san bernardino, the subject has way more explosives than he could reasonably use.

    narciso (732bc0)

  31. norcal and Bill H,

    Please, no apologies necessary.

    Dana (995455)

  32. Bill Bennett I believe wrote a two volume history of the US which I assume would be pretty good.
    Robert George has a book on natural philosophy /ethics.

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  33. “I know many people who want to think BLM is a good thing with a good point, and don’t let bad apples here and there distort that.”

    Find yourself some new friends who aren’t pig-ignorant. Start with Trump supporters.

    Dystopia Max (76803a)

  34. The George book is “Conscience and it’s enemies”

    Anybody with info on the above or other links to BLM protesters chanting despicable things?

    Sammy, you probably answered this once but I forgot.
    Where in Proverbs does it say that a person’s story sounds good, until you hear the other side?
    And, that passage that says (Leviticus?) that to show favoritism to one who is poor because they are poor is wrong?

    MD in Philly (f9371b)

  35. “The Ungovernable City”
    “Atlas Shrugged”

    Harcourt Fenton Mudd (5e0a82)

  36. This was funny about the LA Times.

    The paper that ran a special “Everything you need to know about Hiroshima,” detailing all the deaths and injuries–but not one word about why the A bomb was dropped.

    The paper with ‘political editor’ Cathleen Decker–notable for the LAT’s coverage of the 2010 governor’s race in California if I recall. The LAT essentially ignored pensions, debt, deteriorating roads, failing schools, green energy subsidies, militant state unions–but spilled barrels of ink covering the GOP candidate’s maid. The LAT continues this year, trashing trump, running unflattering photos of him, and treating Clinton as a saint.

    The paper than runs an annual op ed near the 4th of July to stick a finger in the eyes of most voters: Joel Stein’s whine about a fourth of July or memorial day flag left on his lawn (he is not into the American flag, as he told us). Another one in 2006 by a Mr. Kurlander hoping we could finally throw off the old constitution and laws of those old dead males from the past. And Mark Oppenheimer’s piece this year, warning us that the “crude” patriotism of the flag=suppression of people by way of loyalty oaths and more.

    Tired old George (“more taxes”) Skelton? Half-truth Hiltzik?

    Venezuela is collapsing prompting only “buried inside” stories from the LAT.

    The people that read the Times for news are only slightly more dense than the people that write for it.

    Harcourt Fenton Mudd (5e0a82)


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