South Carolina city will restore monument with officer’s prayer after backlash

TEGA CAY, S.C. – A South Carolina city will restore a monument, which contains an officer’s prayer, after suffering backlash this week. The monument placed outside a new police department in Tega Cay will be restored after its controversial removal.

It contained a prayer often called “The Officer’s Prayer,” which was initially edited by city leaders because some were offended by the word “Lord,” WSOC-TV reported Monday.

Yet now, the city said it will put the monument back in its original location and condition, including the officer’s prayer, WSOC-TV reported.

“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,” the city of Tega Cay posted on social media.

The Women’s Club of Tega Cay donated the 4-foot stone for the city’s new police department. It is part of a memorial to fallen officers.

Full statement from Tega Cay:

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.   

Tega Cay is a city in York County, South Carolina, United States, located west of Fort Mill and north of Rock Hill. It is a suburb of Charlotte, North Carolina. The population was recorded at 7,621 as of the 2010 U.S. Census.

 

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