SOUTH BEND — South Bend’s police union accuses Mayor Pete Buttigieg of playing politics with the shooting of Eric Logan and “driving a wedge” between officers and residents.
In a release late Monday, the South Bend Fraternal Order of Police said it supports Sgt. Ryan O’Neill, the officer who fatally shot Logan in the parking lot of Central High Apartments on June 16. Police have said Logan was breaking into cars and approached O’Neill with a knife.
The statement says the actions of Buttigieg, who is running for president, have been divisive and “solely for his political gain and not for the health of the city he serves.”
The mayor’s focus on Logan’s family, the FOP says, has ostracized others, including the families involved in shootings over the weekend or the family of O’Neill, “all of whom are suffering greatly.”
“Mayor Buttigieg has in no way unified the community,” the statement says.
One person was killed and several others were injured in shootings early Sunday at Kelly’s Pub on Mishawaka Avenue.