Make this page my home page
  1. Drag the home icon in this panel and drop it onto the "house icon" in the tool bar for the browser

  2. Select "Yes" from the popup window and you're done!

Home  >  Topics  >  Officer Safety

October 26, 2012
Print Comment RSS

Police award homeless man for saving Dallas cop

During Thursday's ceremony, the officer publicly shook the civilian's hand and thanked him for his fast response

By PoliceOne Staff

DALLAS — A homeless former gang member was awarded a certificate of merit Thursday from the Dallas Police Department for protecting an officer from an attacker.

Video showed Charles Alexander rushing to the aid of Officer Billy Taylor when a man allegedly high on PCP moved threateningly toward him. Alexander body slammed the would-be attacker just as two squad cars arrived at the scene.

During Thursday's ceremony, Taylor publicly shook Alexander's hand and thanked him for his fast response.

“I wish we had more people like him,”Taylor told CBS Local. “From knowing his background …to what he did…you wouldn’t have thought he wouldn’t have done that.”

Alexander said he had no choice but to step in and help.

“That’s my nature I don’t like violence," he said. "I know what’s said about me in the paper and on the street but I don’t like the violence I had to do something its just the way I am,” said Alexander.

PoliceOne Offers

Sponsored by

P1 on Facebook

Connect with PoliceOne

Mobile Apps Facebook Twitter Google

Get the #1 Police eNewsletter

Police Newsletter Sign up for our FREE email roundup of the top news, tips columns, videos and more, sent 3 times weekly
See Sample