The South Bend Fraternal Order of Police released a statement Monday evening hammering presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg for disparaging remarks he made at a recent town hall.
The statement began by re-affirming the Police Department’s commitment to the ‘sacred legal principle of the Presumption of Innocence’ and expressing support for Officer O’Neill, who shot Eric Logan, 54, in a confrontation which has drawn nation-wide scrutiny.
In the following paragraphs, however, the police department criticized Buttigieg for disparaging South Bend’s police force with comments like “All Police work and all American life takes place in the shadow of racism.”
The department also accused Buttigieg of profiting from the tragedy, saying “Buttigieg’s focus on this incident is solely for his political gain and not the health of the city he serves,” and adding that Buttigieg has “in no way unified the community.”
Citing the recent increase officer accountability, the department claimed that Buttigieg’s remarks “have already and will continue to have a detrimental effect on local law enforcement officers and law enforcement officers nationwide.”
The statement also criticized Buttigieg for focusing his attention on one family rather than several others which have been affected by gun violence, and rebuked him for failing to make a statement on South Bend’s largest mass shooting in recent history, which wounded 11 and killed 1 at Kelly’s Pub in South Bend.
As of 10:34 Monday night, Buttigieg had still not released a statement on the Kelly’s Pub shooting.
South Bend’s violent crime rates have grown under Buttigieg’s tenure as Mayor, with their murder rate surpassing Chicago’s last year.
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