Eric Logan

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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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The family of a 54-year-old black man fatally shot by a white officer is suing the officer and the city of South Bend, Indiana, where Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is mayor.



An official with the St. Joseph County Courts confirms a special prosecutor has been named in the investigation into the June 16th shooting death of Eric Logan by South Bend officer Ryan O'Neill. 

Richard Hertel of Ripley County, Indiana will head up the case. 

Hertel has been a prosecutor in Ripley County since 1988. 

You can learn more about him here:


The St. Joseph County Prosecuting Attorney has requested a Special Prosecutor to investigate the June 16th officer-involved shooting of Eric Logan.

Following the announcement, a spokesperson for South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg issued this statement:

“I respect and support Prosecutor Cotter’s decision to seek an outside, special prosecutor to investigate the circumstances of Eric Logan’s death. Our community is in anguish, and for all of us to come to terms with what happened, it is vital that the investigation be fair, thorough, and impartial.”

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In the aftermath of a town hall that was at times hostile Sunday in South Bend, Pete Buttigieg has sent out a campaign email to try and explain what is happening to his supporters. 

The text of that email is below: 

It’s been a week since a member of our South Bend family was shot and killed by a police officer.

Anger And Emotion Boil Over At Town Hall On Police Shooting Of Eric Logan

Jun 23, 2019
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For 90 minutes Sunday afternoon a town hall played out at Washington HIgh School in South Bend designed to be a first step in moving forward from the Eric Logan shooting.

Logan, who was black, died June 16 after being shot by a white South Bend officer. 

For much of the 90 minutes, a nearly packed auditorium saw shouting and a meeting that at times devolved as people vented their frustrations with the South Bend Police Department, its policies, its history and its leadership. 

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South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg's spokesperson issued information regarding an upcoming town hall meeting, making good on the promise the mayor made Friday night to upset citizens in the wake of the police shooting that killed Eric Logan.

Read the release below:

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South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski showed up at a march Friday evening for shooting victim Eric Logan. They both engaged with activists.


South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski engaged with activists at a march Friday evening for shooting victim Eric Logan.

Logan was shot and killed by officer Ryan O’Neill. O’Neill says Logan was breaking into cars and threatened him with a knife. O’Neill’s body camera was not recording at the time of the incident.

Since then, tempers have been running high in South Bend. Shardae Word said during the march that having a police shooting like this happen in South Bend makes it seem more real.

Lawyer For Eric Logan's Family Says A Lawsuit Is Coming

Jun 21, 2019
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A lawyer for the family of a black man fatally shot by a white police officer in the Indiana city where Pete Buttigieg is mayor on Friday accused the Democratic presidential candidate of failing to be aggressive enough in setting rules to curb police misconduct.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg held a press conference Wednesday afternoon with the President of the local NAACP and other city leaders including city council members and the police chief. He talked about what's next for South Bend and about keeping the investigation as transparent as possible. 

Early Sunday morning Sergeant Ryan O’Neill of the South Bend Police Department shot and killed Eric Logan.