South Bend cops warn, the city’s ‘Wild West’ in the midst of a flurry of shootings, the rift with Buttigieg

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Presidential candidate mayor Pete Buttigieg joins Chris Wallace on ” Fox News Sunday.’

As mayor Pete Buttigieg of the presidential election campaign in Iowa hit last weekend back home in South Bend, Ind., was the city was plagued with the moral of a barrage of gunfire with police warning of falling employment and a deterioration of the situation on the ground.

“It’s crazy, it’s like the wild, Wild West”, the South Bend Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) President Harvey Mills told Fox News in an interview Tuesday, suggesting criminals are taking advantage of a demoralized and under police-staffed.


Three people were shot early Sunday on the West side of the city, in what was described as a “very large crime scene.” The police said that more than 67 shots were fired, the protect of several. WNDU reported that two men suffered a chest-and arm-injury, respectively, and were taken to the hospital. Another man later went to the hospital with a hand injury.

The shoot was one of a series of such incidents. Between Saturday night and Sunday morning, there are nine other reports of shots were fired, with more than 119 shots on the night, fired, alone. On Tuesday, WNDU reports of two more shootings overnight, with one person shot and killed in an apartment block.

A spokesman for the South Bend police confirmed to Fox News that were shot dead, four people were shot on Sunday, and two people on Monday.

“The Department is continuing to investigate and address issues to these incidents. We count on our community to step forward and help us curb the violence in our streets,” spokesman Ken Garcia said in a statement. “We encourage all who come with information to forward to. Remember: if you see something, say something.”

Buttigieg condemned the shooting and said public safety remains a “top priority” for his government.

“There is no place for violence in South Bend, and shoot everyone in here is a tragedy. I urge anyone with information to prevent this shooting to contact law enforcement authorities as we can, that the next incident,” he said in a statement to Fox News. “Public safety remains a top priority for us, and the group violence Intervention will continue to be our leading program. We also examine other approaches as we prepare for the 2020 budget.”

To build “as officers more, community, and trust, it is important that residents tell what they know, so we can stop the cycle of violence,” he added.


A spokesman for the mayor’s office added that there are regular meetings with the FOP has – “in order to discuss your concerns and find a common way forward.”

The gun violence comes amid a growing crisis over crime and police work, dogging the 37-year-old mayor himself, as he swayed from little-known outsiders to become one of the top candidates in the crowded race for the democratic presidential nomination.


Already tense relations between the mayor and the police grabbed in the last month, Buttigieg, the response to an officer rotation involved working to a black man Buttigieg officers of an error in the “shadow of systemic racism upset.”

At the same time, he came under fire from the black residents who argued that he has not done enough to reform the police. He wiped his critique of a primary debate between then-democratic candidate Eric Swalwell, who urged him to “fire chief.” Instead, Buttigieg said it was an investigation and “accountability for the officer” and then, Swalwell gave what was described as a “death glare.”

But, while Buttigieg has held his ground in the face of some of the fiercest criticism of his police, several officials Fox News, you don’t believe said that his administration has your back — a warning of low morale and a “mass escape” from the force.

Mills told Fox News that the power was budgeted 264 officers in front of Buttigieg took office-but now the force is officers only, the budgeted 240 and has trained 220 and work. Exacerbated that shortage, he said, is unrest among the police officers that any complaint could result in their suspension and dismissal.

“With morality, such as it is, they are definitely less work to do because you are afraid to be disciplined,” he said.

He went on to say that the FOP has a number of suggestions to the administration on how to boost morale and the public communication, but none of them were traded.


“I think we need a leader here in our community, standing up for his police and public safety represents the number one,” he said.

Buttigieg, was in the meantime, focus on the broader problem of gun violence in the United States in the Wake of the recent mass shootings in Ohio and Texas. In Des Moines, Iowa, on Saturday, he questioned if there would be less police shootings if there were not so many guns in the USA

“We have to ask whether we lived in a country where everyone was armed, the officers so quickly to the gun in the first place?” he said according to The Washington Examiner.

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