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Pastor threatens to sit in police parking lot until officer that killed Michael Dean is arrested

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Posted at 7:19 AM, Jan 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-01 12:18:45-05

TEMPLE, TX — One Central Texas pastor said he will park his car outside the Temple Police Department and stay out there until they arrest the officer that shot and killed Michael Dean.

Dean, 28, was killed during a traffic stop in early Dec. A newly released report shows that he was unarmed when he was gunned down.

Reverend James Hill has been advocating for Dean since his death. He says this report comes to no shock to him.

"The trickle down effect is an insult. What we've heard today we've already known. It was said, let's not speculate. Let's not rise to conjecture. But facts are facts. But now what's done in the dark, the bible declares comes to the light," Hill said.

Hill is now contemplating an act of civil disobedience.

"I'm ready to park in my car, sleep in the cold. Put a sign on my car saying please allow me to go home when you arrest Mr. Decruz," he said.

Officer Carmen Decruz has been identified as the officer that shot Dean. He has been with the department for nearly 9 years.

"At this time, the Department has only limited information from sources that do not have first-hand knowledge of the facts and that limited information was used to complete this form," the Temple Police Department said about the report.

Many questions remain hazy at this time, but advocates for the Dean family say that they will remain vigilant.

"Do not insult us any further in delaying taking this man into custody. He needs to be taken into custody. He's on paid leave. Don't tell us that you care about us and he's at home preparing to enjoy the new year while a family still grieves," Hill said.

A woman has started a petition for Michael Dean. It has received over 2,700 signatures.