South Bend police union slams Buttigieg about the reaction of the police shooting of black man

in the vicinityVideoPete Buttigieg holds emotional town hall a week after the fatal police shooting

Mayor Pete Buttigieg holds the city hall a week after a deadly police shooting in South Bend, Indiana.

South Bend, Indiana police Union accused the mayor and the democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg of decisions on officer-involved fatal shooting “solely for his political purposes.”

The charge of the South Bend Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #36 is used as a Buttigieg – who got out of a long-shot for a top-tier contender for the democratic nomination – is the first serious test for his presidential campaign.


The union said on Monday evening, according to Buttigieg supported a call for a special Prosecutor for the investigation of the fatal shooting on June 16 of a black man by a white police officer. Their movement comes after Buttigieg said he would contact the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division to request an independent investigation.

In a sharp statement on Tuesday night, the union claimed that “mayor Buttigieg focus of this incident is solely for his political gain and not the health of the city, in which he serves.”

“Mayor Buttigieg’s comments have a negative effect on the local law enforcement agencies and police officers will continue to nationwide. Mayor Buttigieg’s comments and actions drive a wedge between law enforcement and the community they took an oath to.”


The union drew particular attention to what they described as “derogatory comments” of the mayor in an E-Mail last week to supporters of his election campaign.

Buttigieg wrote that the shooting highlighted that “all of the work of the police and all of American life playing in the shadow of the racism that hurts everyone and everything it touches. Historical racism, racism of today, and generations, racism – they all secrete a kind of poison in the bloodstream of this country.”

The 37-year-old mayor canceled-policy-roll-out and a fundraising trip to California a week ago after the shooting death of 54-year-old Eric Logan. He was shot by Sergeant Ryan O’neill, a 19-year police veteran. O’neill was responding to reports of someone breaking the city in cars, when he meets Logan, who authorities say was allegedly armed with a knife.

Buttigieg returned to the campaign headline last Thursday for two fundraising events in Boston. On Friday, he spoke in Miami, the National Association of Latino Elected officials, before you fly back to South Bend to speak to the night, the people protesting the shooting. On Saturday, the mayor’s election campaign in South Carolina – a key early primary state – to the state democratic party’s annual convention.


To visit Buttigieg returned to South Bend from the presidential election campaign in the night on Monday, a town hall about shooting and a separate shooting in a bar that left one person dead and 10 injured.

The emotional meeting he was pelted with criticism from angry residents, some of whom questioned whether the mayor had done enough during his term in office, the reform of the police force and reach the city of the minorities. Buttigieg criticism during his first term as mayor of the dismissal of the city’s black police chief.

In defense of his record, Buttigieg illuminated “the institution of the bias-training, civil rights training, community policing efforts for years, the transparency online.”

He suggests, “we have acted to further professional actions process. And to increase, the discipline, the standards, which, as you know, have to be inclusive of officers removed from the force for misconduct.”

But, he acknowledged, to say that some of the errors, “the effort to recruit more minority officers, the police and efforts to the introduction of the body-is not able cameras. And I take responsibility for that.”

The Buttigieg campaign declined to comment on the South Bend police union statement, instead of Fox News, referring to a previous statement, saying: “municipalities and police departments in the entire nation in crisis. We bring to the rapid and profound changes, which refused to rest until we live in a world where an American’s reaction or hear a police car is no different whether you are Black or white: a sense of security, not fear. Security and justice are inseparable.”

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