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Temecula mayor apologizes for email about police killings

Temecula Mayor James Stewart
Posted at 4:06 PM, Jun 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-04 19:10:09-04

TEMECULA, Calif. — (AP) - The mayor of a Southern California city has apologized for an email that stated he didn’t “believe there’s ever been a good person of color killed by a police officer” locally.

Temecula Mayor James Stewart says he never meant to put in the word ‘good' in his Tuesday voice text and doesn't know how it was added.

Stewart says he wanted to say that he didn't believe Riverside County sheriff's deputies, who also patrol Temecula, had ever killed a person of color. However, there were demonstrations after the 1998 shooting of a black woman, Tyisha Miller, by Riverside police.