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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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The South Bend Board of Public Safety voted unanimously to approve the police discipline matrix at a meeting Wednesday morning. Local activists and faith leaders have been putting pressure on the board to pass the matrix for several months. 

Today South Bend FOP Lodge 36 released results of a police survey.

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The South Bend Police Department is asking for the help of the public after more than 70 rounds of gunfire rang out in the city Monday morning. At least one person was hit. 

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Friday night the Democratic Caucus members of the South Bend Common Council issued a lengthy letter. The five page document included pointed remarks for the city's mayor, media and police. 

South Bend Police issued a plea for help for the public to come forward after a rash of gunfire in the city left 5 people injured, including a 13-year-old. In 30 hours, at least 169 shots were fired in the city.

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South Bend Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski issued a lengthy public statement on the death of George Floyd and the ensuing protests. Multiple protest events occurred in South Bend over the weekend. They all remained peaceful. 


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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.

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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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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.

SBPD To Hold Annual Cops And Goblins

Oct 29, 2018


The South Bend Police Department is holding its annual Cops and Goblins Halloween event Monday night at Four Winds Field.

In past years, Cops and Goblins was held at the garage at the South Bend Police Department. This year, with more than 60 organizations taking part, it’s moved to a bigger venue.

There will be groups handing out candy and toys, a costume contest, and emergency vehicles for kids to explore.

SBPD Spokesperson Ken Garcia says Cops and Goblins is a outreach event for the department.

South Bend Police Department Offering Citizen's Academy

Jun 5, 2018


The South Bend Police Department is accepting applications for its Citizen's Police Academy classes.

The Citizen's Police Academy is nine weeks of Tuesday night classes that allow civilians a peek into what it’s like to be a police officer.

Spokesperson Ken Garcia said they hope the class attracts people from all walks of life.

South Bend PD adding body cameras

Apr 30, 2018
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The South Bend Police Department is adding body cameras to all its patrols.

South Bend’s Police Department has already started using body cameras. About 35 have been out since the beginning of the year. By June all 170 patrols will have a camera.

“This is about mutual accountability," said Chief Scott Ruzskowski. "It’s not just the officers, it’s the people that the officers are dealing with.”

South Bend PD hosts non-ballistic weapons training

Mar 21, 2018
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The South Bend Police Department is hosting a non-ballistic weapons self-defense class on Thursday and Friday.

Participants to the training will learn how to identify and use everyday items like t-shirts, flashlights and pens as weapons against an attacker.

Chris Brady is with the South Bend Police Department. He says the training is meant to be very practical.

“Hopefully it’s giving them them a basic understanding of how to defend themselves using these improvised weapons should the situation arise.”

Shootings up, use of force down in South Bend for 2017

Jan 8, 2018
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  Data from the South Bend Police Department show more shootings in 2017 but fewer use of force incidents, and other positives in the numbers.

There were 102 shootings in South Bend in 2017. That’s up from 81 in 2016.

Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski said they’re not happy with the numbers.

“Obviously we had an uptick from shootings in 2016 to 2017. None of us at this table, none of us not at this table, are happy with it at all. One is too many, period.”