Buttigieg criticized at emotional town hall about shooting

Cheryl Sanders
June 24, 2019

Pete Buttigieg was heckled during a heated town hall on Sunday over the fatal police-involved shooting of a black man in South Bend, Indiana, with angry attendees blasting their mayor over his 2020 presidential bid and demanding he "do something" about the incident.

The rally was just one of several events that have been held since last Sunday, when Sgt. Ryan O'Neill shot and killed Eric Logan, 54.

The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide unit is investigating the death of at least one person, according to the tweet.

Buttigieg later Sunday faced criticism at a town hall meeting from citizens who are angry about the shooting of a black man by a white police officer a week ago.

South Bend Common Councilwoman Regina Williams-Preston, who was present at the meeting, called on Buttigieg to expand his outreach among the African American leaders in South Bend.

Violence flared again in South Bend early Sunday when a shooting at a pub left a MI man dead.

Numerous audience members questioned why Sgt. Ryan O'Neill didn't have his body-camera on during the shooting. Do you understand? Get the people that are racist off the streets!

"There is a lot beneath the surface when it comes to trust and legitimacy around policing and race in our city", the South Bend mayor said.

The growing and racially-charged crisis in the city where he has been chief executive since 2012 threatens to stall the progress Buttigieg had been making in national presidential polls among the two dozen Democrats seeking to become the party's candidate to take on Republican President Donald Trump in next year's election. "Pete Buttigieg is a good mayor", he said, adding that he's frustrated with crime in the community.

Many people who attended the event said they were grateful that the mayor showed up, but his campaign stops in SC on Saturday were not lost on at least one person.

During the tense event, Buttigieg tried to explain how officers will review the shooting and said he would ask the Justice Department to review the case and for an independent prosecutor to look into it as well.

"I've been off the campaign trail helping my community move through a tragic shooting of a resident of our community by a police officer", he said.

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