South Bend UPRISING to oust "super gay" and absent Mayor Pete Buttigieg
Black voters in South Bend, Ind., have vocally opposed Mayor Pete Buttigieg, blaming him for leaving the city to campaign for president amid the tense aftermath of a police shooting that claimed the life of a 54-year-old black man.
The tensions broke out afresh at a town hall event on Sunday evening.
"We don't trust you!" a woman hollered as Buttigieg attempted to address the issue, The Los Angeles Times reported.
Last Sunday, Sergeant Ryan O'Neill shot and killed 54-year-old Eric Jack Logan. Logan was allegedly breaking into cars with a knife in hand. O'Neill has been accused of racist behavior by both officers and residents he arrested, although some of those complaints were found to be "not sustained," CNN reported. Worse, his body camera was not turned on during the interaction, making residents suspicious.
O'Neill was put on administrative leave after the shooting. Buttigieg has said he is "extremely frustrated" at the lack of footage and ordered his police chief to ensure that police body cameras are on during interactions with civilians.
At the town hall event Sunday, Buttigieg tried to explain how officials will review the shooting, saying he did not want to prejudice the investigation. He also said he would ask the U.S. Department of Justice to review the case and would ask for an independent prosecutor to weigh the merits of the case.
Like a good executive, he took responsibility for the failure of the body cameras. "If anybody is trying to figure out who to hold responsible, the administration bought the technology, hired the officer and wrote the policy. So at the end of the day, I'm responsible," he said.
Pete Buttigieg after being asked directly about the failure of body cameras: "If anybody is trying to figure out who to hold responsible, the administration bought the technology, hired the officer and wrote the policy. So at the end of the day, I'm responsible."- Dan Merica (@merica) June 23, 2019
"You might as well just withdraw your name from the presidential race," a woman in the town hall crowd yelled at Buttigieg. "His presidential campaign is over... I believe that today ended his campaign."
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