SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg (BOO’-tuh-juhj) says he agrees with community members that outside investigations should take place after a fatal police shooting in South Bend, Indiana, where he’s mayor.
He spoke Sunday at a sometimes contentious town hall called a week after a white officer fatally shot a 54-year-old black man. Buttigieg left the campaign trail after the shooting to respond to issues of race and policing.
Buttigieg says he’ll send a letter to the federal Department of Justice’s civil rights division and notify the local prosecutor that he’d like an independent investigator appointed.
He also acknowledged the department has fallen short in recruiting minority police officers and introducing body cameras.
Prosecutors investigating Eric Logan’s death say the shooting wasn’t recorded on Sgt. Ryan O’Neill’s body camera.