Family Members Of Eric Logan Go On Air To Broadcast Concerns

Jun 18, 2019

Sylvester Williams of radio station WUBS in South Bend leads a talk with Vernardo Malone, Council Member Oliver Davis, Logan’s brother Tyree, and others.
Credit Justin Hicks/WVPE

During a broadcast on WUBS, a radio station in South Bend, the death of Eric Logan was front and center Tuesday afternoon. 

Logan died Sunday after being shot by a South Bend Police officer who says Logan had a knife. 

A man who claims to be a spokesperson for Logan's family says he has heard from Jesse Jackson. The family is trying to plan a march for this weekend in South Bend. 

Several South Bend Common Council members participated in the broadcast, including Oliver Davis and Regina Williams-Preston. Williams-Preston says when the police body cameras were first implemented the council talked about the tech only being as good as the user. "And here we are," she says.

She says she wants to look at the policies that allowed this to happen and how they can be changed. During the broadcast she also eluded to cell phone footage that may exist of what happened. Logan's family says they are talking with a lawyer about this and about possibly releasing it.

Councilman Oliver Davis read from a newspaper article indicating that $1.5 million was spent on the police body cameras.  He said, "I want the community to remain calm, but I want us to be real."

Family members of Logan's talked on air about what they believe to be a cover up by the South Bend Police Department. 

Others who participated called out South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, saying he should have joined the family at a vigil for Logan that was held last night. 

The panel that gathered also talked about how Logan was taken to the hospital in a squad car and not an ambulance.  A man named Blu Casey who was shot in mid-May says he was told at that time by a South Bend officer that police could not transport him to the hospital. He says he was told that only an ambulance could take him.