Mayor of South Bend and Democratic Democratic Democrat candidate in 2020 Pete Buttigie faced his voters in a tense municipality on Sunday afternoon after the death ofa week ago by Eric Logan, an African-American, South Bend police, Ryan O'Neal, White Police Officer
The participants shouted their fears and disappointment with the city authorities for not taking swift action to deal with the tense relationship between the police and the black community. Buttigieg noted that complex relations between minorities and the police stretch beyond the 16 June incident.
"There's a lot under the surface when it comes to trust and legitimacy around the police and the race in our city," said the mayor of South Bend. 1
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Buttigieg told those present that the city had made progress in terms of the process of raising, raising standards of police discipline, and increasing public data online. And Buttigieg said he would send a letter to the Civil Rights Department of the Ministry of Justice to look at the City Police Department.
He also said he told the prosecutor who was considering the case that he thought the case should be taken by an independent investigator. The St. Joseph County Homicide Department is investigating the shooting, but Buttigieg also admits he has failed to diversify the police department and ensure that employees carry body chambers. The body of O'Neill's body was not activated during the incident last Sunday. "As mayor of the city, I want to admit that these two last efforts, the efforts to raise more minority officers in the police station and the efforts to introduce body cameras have failed," he said. "And I assume responsibility for "
In the section of questions and answers, one participant told Buttigieg to reorganize his department by Friday next week to" get the racists out of the streets, "citing law enforcement officials
Buttigieg replied of shouts from the crowd: "I will say that if someone who is a patrol, a racist, or to do something racist in a proven way, this is their last day on the street. . "
Pit Batijdieg saw in City Hall on Sun's Sun, June 23, 2019, in South Bend, Indian.
South Bend Communautine Regina Williams-Preston, who attended the meeting, urged Buttijg to expand his reach among African-American leaders in the Southern Bend. "There should be more meaningful conversations with a more diverse group because what you see tonight is that African Americans are not monolithic," says Williams-Preston.
In the post-town pressurization, emotional Buttigieg said it was his job to hear from the community, no matter what the consequences could be.
"I just think this is my job," said Buttigieg. "I do not know whether it is smart or not, I do not know whether it is strategic or not, but this is my city and I have a connection with everyone in this city … And when someone loses their lives because because of a civilian or an officer and this but it happens here, and then it seems to me that it's my job to deal with it. "Michael Patten, who is the chairman of NAACP's southern head, moderated the discussion with Buttigieg and the boss of the South Bend police Scott Ruskowski
In an interview Friday afternoon with CNN, Patton backs Buttigieg's efforts after shooting, saying he makes "a phenomenon paranormal work. "Patton also supported Buttige in the presidential race
" Of course, I see our mayor as a man who could potentially lead our country as well. He leads our community, South Bend, well, "said Patton." I believe he has – I have full confidence that he can lead our nation as well. "