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Mayor Pete Faces Severe Backlash at Town Hall Over

The 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana got an earful when he hosted a town hall meeting on Sunday to address the shooting of a black man by a white police officer.

By NTK Staff | 06.24.2019 @1:00pm

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN) is facing harsh backlash from the community he serves over a fatal shooting of a black man by a white police officer.

According to reports, the man killed, Eric Logan, was reportedly breaking into cars and brandished a knife in front of the officer, Sgt. Ryan O’Neill. The police officer’s body camera was not on during the incident.

As community residents reamed Buttigieg during a town hall Sunday night, he admitted that his efforts to reform the police force had failed.

“The effort to recruit more minority officers to the police department and the effort to introduce body cameras have not succeeded and I accept responsibility for that,” Buttigieg said, according to the Associated Press.

Buttigieg took several days off of the campaign trail to address the shooting. On Friday night, he attended a march outside of police headquarters where a group of protesters heckled the mayor.

On Sunday night, he hosted a town hall meeting where he got an earful from the community.

“Get the people that are racist off the streets,” one woman in the audience said, per the AP. “Reorganize your department. You can do that by Friday.”

Others criticized the fact that he’s spent more time on the campaign trail in other states than he has running the city of South Bend.

CNN commentator Errol Louis said that the town hall “sounded like a disaster.”

“You know, it was interesting, I was driving while the town hall was going on, so I actually heard it on the radio. I didn’t see what was going on,” Louis said. “And it sounded like a disaster, honestly.”

“There’s a lot of work that wasn’t done,” he said. “One of the themes that kept coming up was ‘We’ve been through this before. You made promises to us about things that were going to change about recruitment, about police body cameras, about more input from more parts of the community,’ and in point after point after point, he had to acknowledge, ‘I didn’t work out the way I had hoped. It wasn’t working out the way I had promised.’ And that has real world effects.”

“For the police department to go from – in a town that’s about a quarter black – from 10 percent of the force to 5 percent of the force, that’s not acceptable,” Louis added.

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