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Democratic Mayor Buttigieg faces growing fallout over police shooting in his city

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Deanna Wagner | 24 June, 2019, 05:53

Authorities say a man has died after a shooting involving a police officer in South Bend, the in city where Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is mayor.

The South Bend mayor returned home this week to lead a dialogue with residents about the death of Eric Logan, a 54-year-old black man who was shot and killed by Sgt. Ryan O'Neill after O'Neill was called to respond to reports of vehicle burglaries downtown.

Buttigieg (BOO'-tuh-juhj) said he would call for an outside investigation of the shooting of 54-year-old Eric Logan by Sgt. Ryan O'Neill.

He also acknowledged the South Bend police department has fallen short in recruiting minority police officers and introducing body cameras.

Pete Buttigieg seen at a town hall on the night of Sun., June 23, 2019, in South Bend, Indiana. O'Neill spotted Logan leaning inside a vehicle.

In the question-and-answer section, one attendee told Buttigieg to reorganize his department by Friday of next week to "get the racists off the streets", in reference to law enforcement officers.

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His return to the campaign trail ahead of next week's first Democratic primary debates in Miami highlights a delicate balance Buttigieg has had to strike between managing the day-to-day affairs of a city of 100,000 people as its chief executive and touring the country to compete in the 2020 race.

It did not take long before individuals in the crowd started shouting at Buttigieg, the police chief, and the moderator of the forum.

Buttigieg, who announced his presidential campaign earlier this year and quickly surged in the polls, largely put his campaign on hold this week, traveling back and forth to South Bend as he canceled multiple events across the country while keeping some engagements in Massachusetts, Florida and SC.

Five people remain in stable condition in area hospitals, according to the release. He has also faced criticism for his handling of police misconduct cases, including a case involving an officer who was twice disciplined for civil rights violations but not fired, and for not having a police department that reflects South Bend's diversity.

"It is overall total acceptance of this behavior by the South Bend Police Department and the city itself", Coffman said in an interview. On Tuesday, he directed his police chief to remind officers of a department policy that cameras must be on during any interaction with civilians.