Black Lives Matter Groups Protest In South Bend

Jul 15, 2019

A protester at the Black Lives Matter demonstration on Saturday July 15, 2019, in South Bend.
Credit Justin Hicks/WVPE

Black Lives Matter protesters demonstrated in South Bend over the weekend to talk about their experiences with police brutality. They also issued a list of eight demands directed at Mayor Pete Buttigieg and other city officials. 

Protesters marched to the County-City building in South Bend after hearing stories from black women about their experiences with police.  Many came to support demands including the firing of two officers involved in the shooting death of Eric Logan and financial compensation for Logan’s family.    

Black Lives Matter organizers from Gary and Fort Wayne also attended the protest. Lorell Kilpatrick from Gary says she came out to support South Bend activists and she reminded the crowd that problems between police departments and marginalized communities exist across the country.

“So what we have to do is join together," she says. "We have to band together wherever we are.”

The South Bend organizers plan to hold a discussion on police policies and a 24-hour sit in later in the week.