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Experts: Silence after Texas police shooting risks mistrust

10 months 1 week 2 days ago Thursday, December 19 2019 Dec 19, 2019 December 19, 2019 12:03 PM December 19, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By JAKE BLEIBERG
Associated Press

DALLAS (AP) - Law enforcement experts say a small Texas police department's extended silence about an officer fatally shooting a 28-year-old man runs contrary to best practices and creates fertile ground for public mistrust. Temple police officer Carmen DeCruz shot Michael Dean in the head on Dec. 2. More than two weeks later, the public and the victim's family still know next to nothing about what led to his death. Police in Temple said DeCruz shot Dean and released both men’s names. Former New York City Police Department commander Stephen Nasta says this "appears to be a long period without giving more details of that case.”

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