Statement from Mayor Tim Davis on behalf of Temple City Council
The following statement was read by Mayor Davis during public comments at the beginning of the December 19th City Council meeting:
“I would like to take a minute to speak on behalf of the City Council regarding the officer-involved shooting on December 2nd. We have talked about the process of the investigation. We have said many times that we must wait for the Texas Rangers to finish the investigation. All of that is still true, but what we want to address today is the human aspect of what happened on December 2nd.
I am a father of three. Jennifer and I have built our life around our children. We have rejoiced in their accomplishments and wiped tears in their failures. Psalms 127 says that children are “like arrows in the hands of a warrior…blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.”
Many of our Councilmembers are mothers and fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers. We know the loss of Michael is something from which the Dean family will never fully recover. The Deans have lost a son and a brother. His children have lost their father. They must go on without their loved one.
As the Temple community, it is our responsibility to reach out to love them and support them in any way we can. We hope you will lift them up daily.
There is also a human toll on our police department as well as the officer involved. These men and women of all races and ethnicities work together to ensure the safety and security of our community. They have continued to uphold the integrity of the department while facing intense public scrutiny.
We as a Council want everyone to know that the decisions made so far have been in the pursuit of one overarching goal: ensuring the investigation remained impartial and unbiased. It has been suggested this situation would have been handled differently if the victim was my son or another white member of the community. I can tell you, the system we have in place would not allow that to happen. All are treated equally in our pursuit of the truth.
We hope there can be a true community conversation as we move forward together after this tragedy.”
Public Relations Manager