Eric Logan

O'Neill Sentenced For On-Duty Sexual Encounter

Oct 29, 2020
Photo provided by SBPD in June of 2019

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A white former South Bend police officer whose fatal shooting of a Black man roiled then-Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s presidential campaign has been sentenced to probation after pleading guilty to a charge related to an earlier on-duty sexual encounter. Forty-four-year-old Ryan O’Neill was sentenced Tuesday to two years of probation after pleading guilty to ghost employment for a paid sex act with a woman while he was on duty in May 2019.

Photo provided by SBPD in June of 2019

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A white former South Bend police officer whose fatal shooting of a Black man last year roiled then-Mayor Pete Buttigieg's presidential campaign has pleaded guilty to a felony charge stemming from an alleged on-duty sexual encounter he had a month before that shooting.

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Tuesday marked the one year anniversary of the shooting death of Eric Logan by a white South Bend police officer. Some of Logan’s family and close friends held a memorial service Tuesday night and marched to demand justice one year after his death.

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Exactly one year ago, Eric Logan, a black man from South Bend, was shot and killed by a white City police officer who didn’t activate his body camera. The community is still dealing with the aftermath of the fatal shooting and is finding ways to remember Logan on the anniversary of his death.

South Bend Mayor James Mueller held a press conference Monday with Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski and the City’s diversity officer to discuss racial justice in South Bend.

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The South Bend Common Council released a statement Thursday in response to the killing of George Floyd who died after a white Minneapolis Police Officer knelt on his neck for nearly 9 minutes.

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South Bend Mayor James Mueller received a response from Special Prosecutor Ric Hertel on his request for more information from the investigation into the shooting death of Eric Logan.

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South Bend Mayor James Mueller sent a letter Friday to the Special Prosecutor Ric Hertel, who investigated the death of Eric Logan.

The letter and attached questions seek further information and evidence gathered in the course of the Special Prosecutor’s investigation, and asks that official statements and other information be released to the public.

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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.

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Local faith leaders marched in South Bend on Saturday to demand that a disciplinary policy for police officers be adopted within the next 60 days.

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Former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg dropped out of the race for Democratic nominee almost a week ago, but many believe it's not the end of his political career. Some locals are beginning to think about the impact his campaign had on South Bend and what the future may hold now that he’s out of the running.

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NEW: A special prosecutor has announced that the white South Bend officer who shot and killed a black man in South Bend last summer will not be charged for the shooting. Special prosecutor Richard Hertel has announced that officer Ryan O’Neill will not be charged for shooting Eric Logan because the state cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the force was not justified. However, in a separate case, Hertel has announced that O’Neill is being charged with several charges related to allegations that he picked up a prostitute in May.  He was arrested and booked at the St. Joseph Co.

South Bend Police Department Changes Body Camera Policy

Dec 20, 2019
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The South Bend Board of Public Safety approved changes to the Police Department’s body camera policy that would require random reviews of officer’s body camera footage.

These changes are a result of a series of community meetings where residents gave their input on police practices.

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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. 

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Black Lives Matter activists occupied the sidewalk in front of the County City Building in South Bend for 24 hours this weekend. They are continuing to demand the firing of the police chief more than a month after the fatal police shooting of Eric Logan.

Starting at noon on Saturday, activists held workshops about citizens’ rights in police interactions and wrote slogans with sidewalk chalk. As the evening drew on, they also read from the Bible together.

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A spokesman for South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg released the following information about efforts to gain more public input on policing:

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Black Lives Matter Groups Protest In South Bend

Jul 15, 2019
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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.    

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A public forum in South Bend Sunday night focused on how deep-rooted issues related to policing, poverty, and education are hitting minority communities. Much of the discussion revolved around ideas to improve the historic lack of trust between minorities and the police. 

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A special prosecutor assigned to investigate the fatal police shooting of 54-
year-old Eric Logan spoke to the press this morning in South Bend. 

He has marshalled detectives from the Indiana State Police force to aid in the task.

A special prosecutor assigned to investigate the fatal police shooting of 54-year-old Eric Logan spoke to the press this morning in South Bend. He has marshalled detectives from the Indiana State Police force to aid in the task. 

Special Prosecutor Richard Hertel, who is out of Ripley County, Indiana, told media he wanted to introduce himself before talking to potential witnesses and reviewing evidence from the case. He said he has spoken to Logan’s family members and homicide detectives and urged anyone with information about the June 16 shooting to come forward.

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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.

South Bend Weighs More Police Cameras

Jul 6, 2019
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana city where Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is mayor is considering buying additional body cameras for its police officers, although it's unclear if the proposal was spurred by a white police officer's recent fatal shooting of a black man.

How Two Gunshots Sparked Outrage in South Bend

Jul 3, 2019
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It’s been over two weeks since a black South Bend resident was fatally shot by a white police officer, but the pain and outrage ignited in the community have not gone away. Here's a timeline with some context to give insight into how this incident sparked an outcry.

It was just before 3:30 a.m. on Father’s Day when South Bend police officer Ryan O’Neill responded to a call about a suspicious person at an apartment building.

While Pete Buttigieg was meeting with community leaders Monday night discussing ways to reform police training and recruiting, the South Bend FOP issued a press release demanding Buttigieg “recuse himself from all decisions in the police case.”

The FOP has set up a GoFundMe campaign entitled "Defend Officer Ryan O'Neill." It has a goal of collecting $25,000.

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At a news conference at the Charles Martin Youth Center in South Bend, Mayor Pete Buttigieg says he wrote a letter to the U.S. Department of Justice today.

This follows the June 16 shooting death of Eric Logan, who is black, by a white South Bend officer. 

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A group of pastors joined South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg in the lobby of the County-City Building today to pray for the city and to present a plan to the mayor. 

“We are not a dying city but we are a very sick city,” Pastor Williams says. “Residents of the city are sick. And we’re all sick and tired of being sick and tired of being sick.”

Williams gave Buttigieg an envelope that he says contains a "plan" for South Bend.

Funeral Is Held For Eric Logan

Jun 29, 2019
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The mood was somber at a funeral service held in Mishawaka for Eric Logan. Logan died June 16 after being shot by a white South Bend Police officer.

Listed inside the program was not only information about the service, but also information about a march to be held today at 4:30 outside the South Bend Police station in honor of Logan.

Logan was laid to rest in a white casket. His brother was allowed to attend on leave from prison. The brother came dressed in tan sweats with two guards accompanying him.

"Stand Against Violence Everyday" March In South Bend

Jun 29, 2019
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Buttigieg Enters Biggest Stage Of Career At Pivotal Moment

Jun 27, 2019
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Pete Buttigieg has been the early darling of the 2020 Democratic presidential contest, rising in the polls with a media omnipresence that's highlighted his intellect, steady demeanor and vision for a new generation of political leadership.

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