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Ex-Cop Who Shot Black Man In South Bend Pleads Guilty To Ghost Employment

Photo provided by SBPD in June of 2019

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A white former South Bend police officer whose fatal shooting of a Black man last year roiled then-Mayor Pete Buttigieg's presidential campaign has pleaded guilty to a felony charge stemming from an alleged on-duty sexual encounter he had a month before that shooting.

44-year-old Ryan O'Neill pleaded guilty Tuesday to a ghost employment count under a plea agreement in which a special prosecutor dropped a felony charge of official misconduct and a misdemeanor public indecency charge, A special prosecutor filed the charges against O'Neill in March after finding that he was justified in the June 2019 shooting of 54-year-old Eric Logan.


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