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Community Comes With Questions to South Bend Board of Public Safety Meeting

Jennifer Weingart
WVPE Public Radio


Community members came to a South Bend Board of Public Safety Meeting Wednesday morning looking for answers.

Encounters with city officials and community members have been largely contentious since the shooting of Eric Logan by Police Sergeant Ryan O’Neill on June 16th. O’Neill resigned on Monday. 

Andre Stoner is with Faith in St. Joe County. He says they want the board to step up. 

“You are the place where the community really has a voice and so we urge to take that voice and we’re glad to be partners with you in that.”

The board, police chief Scott Ruszkowski, and the city’s legal council answered questions about the investigations, body cameras and legal fees.

SBPD officer’s body cameras now automatically turn on when they open the squad car door. New technology that turns them on when an officer removes their gun from its holster is on the way from the company.

The internal police reviews and updates for various procedures are ongoing. An independent investigation into the Logan shooting is also being conducted.

The city might have to pay legal fees for O’Neill’s civil defense, but if he’s charged criminally he would be responsible for the cost of that defense.