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Temple Police officer Carmen DeCruz
Bell County Jail / Via Associated Press

A Central Texas police officer was charged Monday with manslaughter for the fatal shooting of an unarmed man during a traffic stop, officials said.

Temple Officer Carmen DeCruz was charged with the second-degree felony in the Dec. 2 shooting of Michael Dean, Bell County District Attorney Henry Garza said in a statement. 

This photo provided by the family of Michael Dean, shows Dean with his daughter Te'yana. Dean was killed Dec. 2, 2019, in Temple.
Courtesy Michael Dean Family / Associated Press

A small Texas police department’s silence about what prompted an officer to fatally shoot a man in the head nearly three weeks ago deviates from how some other recent police shootings in the state were handled, and law enforcement experts warn it risks stirring public mistrust.