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Probe Of Police Shooting Could Revive Scrutiny Of Buttigieg

Justin Hicks/WVPE

The investigation into the shooting of a black man killed by a white police officer in South Bend is not expected to be complete before February.

The police shooting in June gained national attention because the city’s mayor, Pete Buttigieg, is running for president.

The special prosecutor leading the investigation, Richard Hertel, told The Associated Press that his hope is to finish by February, although there’s a remote possibility it could happen before then.

Iowa's first in the nation caucuses are Feb. 3, 2020. 

Buttigieg stepped away from the campaign trail after the shooting and faced angry residents at an emotional town hall. Since then, he has frequently decried systemic racism in America and released a plan intended to address disparities in health, education, wealth, criminal justice and voting rights.

But he’s still struggled to rally black voters to his campaign.