Protest held for Michael Dean, push for change in community
Hundreds of protesters packed the parking lot of Temple City Hall and marched to the steps of the police department Friday night in honor of Michael Dean.
Dean, who was unarmed, was shot and killed on Dec. 2 by now-former Temple police officer Carmen DeCruz. He was charged with manslaughter.
"Say his name...Michael Dean," protesters shouted.
The protest was organized by Patrick Arryn and Terris Goodwin. Both are hoping to make a change in the Temple community. They are also hoping to address "the inequity, injustice and racism present in our own community." George Floyd's death in Minneapolis, Minn., was the push to search for answers in Dean's case.
Dean's family was also in attendance. His sisters, DeShaundra and Tosheena, talked to the crowd about the six months and thanked the community for their support.
A mother of two also came to the protest, hoping to push for change.
“I have two sons that are biracial. My son is 16 and 6’2" and he doesn’t look like a child. I fear for him every time he’s driving," she said.
Another protester -- a local teacher -- said she was standing for her students.
“I have a lot of black students. I care for them very much. It hurts me to hear some of the things they have to deal with and the stories. I’m out here to support them and justice," she said.
Volunteers were also on-hand helping register people to vote.
DeCruz is currently out on bond awaiting trial.