Mayor Pete Buttigieg Cancels Week of L.A. Fundraisers After South Bend Officer-Involved Shooting Death

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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg’s campaign schedule is in flux following the shooting death of a black man by a police officer in South Bend, Indiana, where Buttigieg serves as mayor.Mayor-Pete-on-Bill-Maher

Buttigieg pressed pause on campaign activities to return home to South Bend, where he held a press conference Sunday night to offer updates on the shooting and the investigation. Earlier in the day, police responded to a call about a suspicious person going through cars and during the check, a man exited a vehicle and approached an officer with a knife. That officer opened fire and the man — later identified as Eric Jack Logan, 53, of South Bend — died at a local hospital, the Associated Press reported.

 

During the press conference, Buttigieg explained his prompt response to the matter. “One of the reasons we’re communicating upfront right now is because of lessons learned from members of the community. We’ve had prior cases of use-of-force incidents and officer-involved shootings where I hesitated, frankly, to get in front of cameras because we didn’t know very much, and it was out of our hands,” he said. “I know that whenever an incident like this happens, there is tremendous hurt that can come about. That the city will be hurting. And we will be striving to reach out to community members, to community leaders, to keep the channels of communication open, even as we wait for more facts to come in.”

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:   AP
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