Tega Cay To Restore “Police Officer’s Prayer” Monument To Original Condition
Tega Cay officials say the Police Officer’s Prayer monument at the Fallen Officers’ Memorial will be returned to its original condition.
The City of Tega Cay released the following statement:
After careful consideration and much conversation with people on both sides of the discussion, City Council has made the decision that the Police Officer’s Prayer will be restored to its original condition and returned to the Fallen Officers’ Memorial located at the new police station. We want to thank everyone for voicing your opinion, as it’s not always easy to do so on such a sensitive subject.
As Mr. Dunn stated before Council on July 15th, none of what has transpired was an attack on our Police Department or anyone’s faith. Our City Council and citizens have always been strong supporters of the men and women in blue. We’d like to thank Mr. Dunn and the others who spoke before Council. The respectful exchange of ideas and opinions is truly what makes local government extraordinary.
This was a tough week in Tega Cay. It is our hope that we can now move forward together and continue to be the strong, welcoming community that we have always been known for. Regardless of our different viewpoints, our people are what truly makes this City such a wonderful place.
The monument that was placed outside the new Tega Cay Police Station that had the “Policeman Prayer” on it was removed.
It had the word “Lord” and a bible verse on it. The city manager tells WCCB they were worried about a lawsuit. Some people didn’t like that the monument was on public property to being with, others got upset when the city covered the religious words.
“That was the intent to try to find a middle ground. And we will admit, we screwed up, we failed,” says City Manager Charlie Funderburk.
Funderburk says the monument will sit in storage until city officials decide what the next steps should be.
A Facebook post on the City of Tega Cay’s Facebook page says the city, “attempted to find a compromise but failed as our community has further divided. In an attempt to find a resolution, we have upset parties on both sides of this issue and for that we are truly sorry.”
The monument was removed as officials say they “continue to seek a solution that expresses our unwavering support and gratitude to those who risk their lives every day for ours.” The city says they will continue to welcome feedback from residents and will seek further guidance from their legal team until a viable solution can be found.
You can read the full Facebook post from the City of Tega Cay here:
WCCB discovered the Tega Cay Volunteer Fire Department also has a monument. If you look closely–it has the word “God” on it. Funderburk says nothing will be changed on that monument until a decision has been made on the other monument.
Original Story (Posted: July 22, 2019):
TEGA CAY, SC — When you look closely at a monument sitting outside the Tega Cay Police Department, you can tell something has been covered up.
On the front, it used to reference a bible verse. On the back of the monument is the Policeman Prayer. The word “Lord” has been removed from it on three separate spots.
The monument was given to the department by the Tega Cay Women’s Club and installed earlier this month.
Dann Dunn believes the scripture shouldn’t have been on the public property in the first place.
“My biggest concern was that the scripture on there would alienate a certain segment of our community and I think all people should feel welcome here in Tega Cay,” says Dunn.
Dunn took his concerns to city officials.
“We sat down with our legal counsel for the city, had a long conversation with City Council Member and decided you know what we need to remove it,” says City manager Charlie Funderburk.
Funderburk says city officials worried about a lawsuit. They got many complaints about the religious words.
“How much money do you want to spend on this when there’s case law telling us they shouldn’t be here.”
The decision blew up on social media. Many upset by the removal of the religious words.
One woman posted: “I don’t know how this could be offensive, it’s promoting peace.”
Another said, “This is an absolutely beautiful monument and the words are very appropriate.”
Tom Sheehan agrees, “This whole thing has gone way too far about this. There was nothing wrong with those words they should not of been removed.”