Buttigieg town hall devolves into shouting amidst anger over South Bend authorities shooting – Fox News

A city center featuring South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg devolved into turmoil Sunday as the city struggled to react to a lethal police-involved shooting recently.

In his opening remarks, the 37- year-old Buttigieg, a Democrat and prospect for president, said he would send a letter to the Justice Department asking for that its civil liberties department check out the June 16 shooting of 54- year-old Eric Logan, who was black. The mayor included that he would inform the local district attorney that he ‘d like an independent investigator appointed.

Buttigieg likewise confessed that the city’s efforts to hire more minority police officers and require officers to use body cams “have actually not been successful and I accept duty for that.” Prosecutors said the shooting of Logan was not tape-recorded by Sgt. Ryan O’Neill’s body electronic camera.


O’Neill, who is white, was reacting to a report of a suspicious person breaking into automobiles when private investigators said he fired one shot that struck Logan and another that missed after Logan threatened him with a knife. The investigators stated O’Neill’s body cam wasn’t instantly activated because he was driving gradually without emergency lights while looking through an apartment car park. O’Neill has considering that been put on administrative leave.

Logan’s death prompted Buttigieg to cancel much of his out-of-state marketing today. Buttigieg returned to campaigning Friday with a journey to Miami but skipped a South Carolina occasion attended by 21 other governmental prospects to fly home for a Friday night community march.

The town hall was cut off regularly by outbursts and heckling. At one point, a male chewed out Buttigieg: “You got ta get back to South Carolina like you was yesterday? Speak about ‘all lives matter’ in South Carolina?” Another male approached the stage to shout at Buttigieg and South Bend Authorities Chief Scott Ruszkowski, disregarding the mediator’s attempts to bring back order.

” I don’t want to appear defensive, however we have actually taken a lot of actions,” Buttigieg said at one point. “They plainly have not sufficed. But I can’t accept the tip that we haven’t done anything.”

On the other hand, lawyer Brian Coffman has said he was preparing a federal civil rights suit versus the city of South Bend on behalf of Logan’s family and has actually accused the authorities department and other city officials of tolerating bad behavior by officers.


” That’s simply being reactive,” Coffman informed The Associated Press when inquired about Buttigieg’s action to the shooting. “It’s not being proactive and making certain this never ever occurred and having guidelines in location for South Bend law enforcement officer and body cameras.”

The Associated Press added to this report.

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