Temple: NAACP to keep pushing for answers in officer shooting case

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Published: Jan. 6, 2020 at 9:49 PM CST
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The Temple chapter of the NAACP. held its second rally Monday in support of the family of Michael Dean, whom a Temple police officer shot and killed on Dec. 2.

About 30 people gathered Monday, outside the Bell County Annex, to continue to seek answers in the investigation, and to why the process is taking so long.

"We're asking for the commission that governs our police force to step in now since we can't get the proper answers," an NAACP representative said at the rally.

Temple NAACP President Bennie Walsh, says the case has become bigger than the city of Temple.

A representative of the state NAACP. was in attendance to show support at the state level.

"This is not a Temple incident. This is national, so everyone is trying to be part of it and that's the only way that we can solve the problem. We can't keep going on like nothing happened," Walsh said.

The group also spoke about their struggle with discussing the shooting incident with the children of the community.

"Our young people are paying attention and unless we want a whole other generation of people who fear the police officers and do not trust the system, we need to change things now."

Walsh says the organization will hold another protest next Monday, if answers aren't given before then.

He says if they are going to make a difference, they need more community support at the next rally.

"What is happening in our community is disgusting. And I understand many [other white] people, may not feel comfortable standing up and saying something, they better hope and pray its never their child," Temple resident, Sheila Riggan said.

The next rally is planned Monday outside the Bell County Justice Center.

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