South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-Ind.) is facing backlash from his police force for his handling of a recent officer-involved shooting.
As IJR previously reported, Buttigieg was blasted by the South Bend, Ind., police union because they believe he has been using this shooting for “political gain.”
Buttigieg has been running for president in addition to his mayoral duties. The shooting involved a white cop and a black man, Eric Logan, who eventually died from his wounds. Officer Ryan O’Neill claimed that he fired his weapon in self-defense, claiming that Logan had a knife and tried to attack the officer.
South Bend has been divided since the shooting, with some saying it was racially motivated and others claiming it was justified because the officer was acting in self-defense.
Since the shooting, Buttigieg has been making many statements about racism in policing. This has offended many of the police officers in South Bend, who believe O’Neill did nothing wrong.
Harvey Mills, the president of South Bend’s Fraternal Order of Police, told Fox News host Tucker Carlson that the shooting was “absolutely not” racially motivated, as Buttigieg seems to be claiming.
Watch Mills’ comments on Buttigieg:
“This incident is nothing to do with race. This incident is about an officer that was forced to defend himself against a dangerous felon who used an eight-inch hunting knife to attack him. That’s all this incident is about. It has nothing to do with skin color.”
Mills took offense to Buttigieg’s use of the phrase “systemic racism,” a talking point the mayor has been using when discussing officer-involved shootings in America.
“It’s very demoralizing,” Mills said, adding, “He used the term systemic racism. Apparently, maybe he doesn’t understand the definition of systemic. We do. And that means all. He’s basically called all police officers racist and that is blatantly untrue.”
Mills called on Buttigieg to recuse himself from the internal investigation of the shooting, claiming he cannot be unbiased.
“He has used this incident to further his political campaign and he cannot be unbiased about this,” said Mills.