Mayor Pete Updates South Bend Common Council on Efforts to Improve Police, Community Relations

Jul 8, 2019

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg gives an update to the common council on his administration's efforts to improve relations between the community and the police department. (Justin Hicks/WVPE News)

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg updated the city’s Common Council Monday night on his progress in addressing the police shooting of Eric Logan on June 16. He announced no specific plans, but gave a general preview of things to come.

Buttigieg told the common council he was considering a thorough review of the police department before the end of his term. He said he was looking into adding staff to the Board of Public Safety, implementing anti-violence community programs, and investing in technology that would activate body cameras when a weapon is removed from the holster. He acknowledged that many of these ideas would require funding from the city’s budget.

Tyree Bonds, Eric Logan's brother, listened as Pete Buttigieg addressed the South Bend Common Council. (Justin Hicks/WVPE News)

Buttigieg also went to great lengths to recognize the city’s past efforts in improving community relations with the police department, too.

“The work that is sought by the community and undertaken by the administration in these areas is not new, but it needs to be renewed,” he says. 

He ended by urging community members to voice their concerns about police practices at Board of Safety meetings and to help recruit diverse officers to the force.

 

Here is the slideshow Pete Buttigieg presented to the common council: