South Bend Residents Express Frustration, Ask Questions About Eric Logan Investigation

Mar 12, 2020

Community members express many emotions about the findings from the investigation of the shooting death of Eric Logan.
Credit WVPE News / Annacaroline Caruso

South Bend residents met Thursday night with city leaders to further discuss the findings of the Eric Logan shooting investigation. Many community members are still angry.

City officials say these community conversation forums are meant to give residents the opportunity to ask questions and express feelings about the findings of the investigation into the shooting death of Eric Logan.

The special prosecutor announced last week former South Bend police officer Ryan O’Neill will not be charged for the death of Logan.

Several residents at the meeting called on Mayor James Mueller to finalize the long awaited discipline matrix and create a citizens review board to start building trust between the police and the community.

Mayor Mueller asked residents to be patient, but some say they’ve been patient long enough. 

“You can’t get a police discipline matrix done in 70 days? I can,” one resident said.

“This has been dragged out,” another said.

Mayor Mueller said, “I understand that things aren’t always going as fast as I’d like either. I’m not saying be patient forever.”

Mueller said he hopes to have a final version of the discipline matrix approved by the end of the month.

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