Police Union Tells Buttigieg To Butt Out Of Officer-Involved Shooting

The South Bend FOP has accused Presidental hopeful Mayor Pete Buttigieg of using a recent shooting for political gain.

South Bend, IN – The South Bend police union has accused its mayor, 2020 Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg, of using a recent officer-involved shooting in their city to further his political ambitions.

Buttigieg recently said the South Bend Police Department was plagued with “systematic racism” – a claim the South Bend Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) fervently denied in a press release on July 1 that called for the mayor to recuse himself from all decisions related to the investigation of the June 16 fatal shooting of 54-year-old Eric Logan.

“Mayor Buttigieg has repeatedly shown that he’s more concerned about boosting his own presidential political campaign than ensuring a fair investigation about an incident where a veteran police officer was forced to defend himself when a dangerous felon attacked him with an eight-inch hunting knife,” South Bend FOP President Harvey Mills said in the release.

“On a national TV debate, the mayor called our entire police force racist while another candidate insisted that Buttigieg fire the police chief," the statement continued. "Since this incident is now part of the accusations and political posturing of presidential politics, Mayor Buttigieg must do the right thing and recuse himself from any further decisions related to this matter.”

The controversial incident issue occurred at about 3:30 a.m. on June 16 when South Bend Police Sergeant Ryan O’Neill responded to a call about a man breaking into cars at an apartment complex, according to the press release.

Sgt. O’Neill encountered a man whose legs were sticking out of his car and stopped to talk to him and find out if he was the owner of the car.

When Logan stood up, Sgt. O’Neill saw that the man’s hand was bleeding and he had a woman’s purse tucked under his clothing, according to the FOP.

Sgt. O’Neill asked Logan about the purse and the six-foot-two-inch suspect raised an eight-inch knife over his head and started moving toward him.

The sergeant backed up and ordered Logan to drop the knife three times, but Logan continued walking toward him until the officer had no more room to retreat, the press release said.

That’s when Sgt. O’Neill fired his weapon twice – just at the exact moment that Logan threw the knife at him.

Logan was hit once. The FOP said the sergeant sustained minor injuries to his forearm from the knife attack.

After he was shot, Logan remained standing but refused to answer Sgt. O’Neill’s questions as to whether he had been hit, the press release said.

South Bend police transported Logan to the hospital in a police car rather than delaying treatment to wait for an ambulance. He died at the hospital.

In the days that followed the incident, community activists gathered at the South Bend Police Department to protest in the days that followed the incident and marched to the County City Building to demand that city officials fire Sgt. O’Neill, WBND reported.

In a fundraising email Buttigieg sent to political supporters the week after the shooting, the mayor wrote “all police work and all of American life takes place in the shadow of racism, which hurts everyone and everything it touches. Historic racism, present-day racism, and generational racism – they all secrete a kind of poison into the bloodstream of this country.”

He said he was working to improve the South Bend police and said “we’ve acted to have a more professional promotions process. And to raise the discipline standards which as you know have included officers being removed from the force for misconduct,” FOX News reported.

But the South Bend FOP sees his handling of the incident as wholly unacceptable.

“Mayor Buttigieg swore an oath to ‘faithfully, impartially, and diligently discharge the duties of the office of mayor’ of South Bend but he’s been faithful only to his political interests, has not been impartial about this incident, and has diligently used this to advance his presidential campaign,” the union president said. “If he wants to honor the oath he took, Mayor Buttigieg will recuse himself from this matter by taking no part in any decisions, conversations, or other aspects of it.”

The FOP said that Buttigieg’s politicization of the officer-involved shooting had numerous consequences for Sgt. O’Neill, who was already on paid administrative leave and facing an investigation as is protocol when an officer fires his duty weapon.

Additionally, Sgt. O’Neill has been sued, threatened with unwarranted discipline at work, and defamed on social media as a result of the mayor’s reckless remarks and politicking, according to the press release.

FOX News reported that Buttigieg wouldn’t comment on the FOP’s statement and demand for his recusal, but sent them a written statement.

"Communities and police departments across the nation are in crisis,” the statement read. “We must bring about swift and deep change, refusing to rest until we live in a world where an American’s response to seeing or hearing a police car is no different whether they are Black or white: a feeling of safety, not fear. Safety and justice are inseparable."

On Wednesday, a judge appointed a special prosecutor to investigate the shooting, the Associated Press reported.

Comments (50)
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JBo
JBo

He's a politician. If his mouth is moving, he's lying. He will do/say/throw anyone under the bus to get a vote. This one just happens to be riding the latest craziness...the R card and police bashing.

dcoskrey
dcoskrey

Completely off topic … but something about a guy named BUTTgieg being gay strikes me as hilarious.

longplainfirstnation
longplainfirstnation

“Mayor Buttigieg swore an oath to ‘faithfully, impartially, and diligently discharge the duties of the office of mayor’ of South Bend but he’s been faithful only to his political interests, has not been impartial about this incident, and has diligently used this to advance his presidential campaign,” the union president said. “If he wants to honor the oath he took, Mayor Buttigieg will recuse himself from this matter by taking no part in any decisions, conversations, or other aspects of it.”

Craigster
Craigster

Right out the gate Buttigieg accused VP Pence of being a homophobe. A couple weeks later he accused Trump of being a racist. Except for his gay victim status, Buttigieg is just as slimy as the rest of the democrat hacks. No doubt South Bend knows it.

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

Just like many others before him, they cater to the audience and if the "right" thing is to demonize the PD, then they'll/he'll do it! It shows his true colors (no pun intended) and FOP members across America should ban together and remember this! We don't need someone else who jumps to conclusions before all the facts are in, we had that for years! Sorry Pete, but South Bend may be stuck with you until your term is up. By the way, who is "Acting Mayor" while he's out of town flying all over the USA? Who's minding the store? I'd demand his presence at City Hall M-F from 8 to 5 or whatever your hours are there! Two can play his game!

HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

First of all, his name is funny as fuck. Second of all, he ain’t gonna win. Third of all, it’s a name that is funny as shit!!! Hahahaha. He really should mind his own business.

Scattered
Scattered

Just what we DONT need. Another Obama race baiting, cop hating POS. What a LOSER!

LEO0301
LEO0301

I wonder how Butt would handle someone coming at him with an 8 inch hunting knife? I'm sure he would use his awesome powers of persuasion to get the man to drop the knife and give up. As for the officer, when the investigation is completed and he is exonerated, he should file a lawsuit against the BUTThead.

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

Another pusillanimous piss-ant politician provoking prejudice against the police for political posturing. It's repulsive.

Trefflek
Trefflek

Another horrible left wing nut job

trainbuff
trainbuff

Do those caring citizens who marched on city hall demanding this officer be fired realize this other man was trying to snuff him out?

Oops, my bad! Of course they did and they could have cared less because he's a white cop which puts two strikes against him.

Mayor Pete needs to keep his nose out of police work and go back to what he does best and that's his boyfriend.

beyondpissedoff
beyondpissedoff

What's Buttlick going to do after he miserably fails in the Presidential run and has to go back to Indiana? Apologize to the cops for being an asshat? Looks like his term will be up.

stooge819
stooge819

And the press is complicit by calling the incident "controversial". The incident certainly has created controversy, but isn't in itself controversial. See, that's what they do. It's subtle but effective.

wmc50
wmc50

I found it interesting (unless I missed it) that the entire article never mentioned the race of the Police Officer or the citizen who was shot. As an outside observer, I feel that was a good thing. Focus on the facts of the matter instead of the racial politics involved.

Mig Alley
Mig Alley

Low life butt pirate!!!!

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Officer is dispatched to investigate potential crime. Find suspect, who is armed, and directs him to drop the weapon. Suspect refuses, and then attacks the officer, sustaining an injury from the weapon. In the course of the attack, the Sgt defends himself, using his issued firearm. Yep, sounds like a clear case of systemic racism to me.

Out of curiosity, how much of an injury should law enforcement officers need to sustain before these Democrats will allow them to defend themselves without fear of being called racist?

investigator
investigator

Simply put.....What a POS!!!!

NomonK
NomonK

All politicians and those seeking office need to shut up and say nothing about active investigations until they have ran the course including after a verdict has been rendered. The mouth can do damage to the innocent or allow the guilty to go free.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Not sure I see what the conflict of interest would be here. If anything,he will have to be even more scrupulous and fair, knowing that the eyes of the whole nation are on him.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Sgt. Ryan O’Neill, the police officer, had gone to investigate a 911 call about a man breaking into cars outside a South Bend apartment building on June 16. . . . The mayor said he found it “extremely frustrating” that the officer failed to activate his body camera.

That should be a firing offense right there. With no body cam footage, people are naturally going to wonder weather some racist policeman murdered a black guy and then dropped a drop knife to cover up his crime.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Just because you are black it doesn't mean the laws don't apply to you. If you threaten a police officer with a 7 inch knife, or any other deadly weapon, you're going to get shot. That's the way it works. Politicians who have no clue what they are talking about should should stay out of it.

Gretagarbo
Gretagarbo

He's just another liberal who is out to destroy our country for his own political gains. He doesn't care if he destroys a policeman's life. There are no words for how despicable Buttigieg is.

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

One way to stop these politicians from doing this sort of thing is to require that they resign their elected positions as soon as they start campaigning. Why should Buttigieg be allowed to collect his salary as mayor of South Bend while he is flying all over the country running for president which he will never get.

BerettaAPX
BerettaAPX

Buttigieg lovrs butting in, or loves things in his butt.....either way hes just a liberal tool

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

Mayor Buttijig, is a shameful racist.

RunCop
RunCop

Same old shit...blacks defending criminals.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Maybe it wasn't a murder. Maybe it went down more like this:

NFPD103
NFPD103

The Mayor's conduct in this matter makes him unfit to pass judgment. if the shoe were on the other foot and the mayor and police were demanding the dismissal of the due process rights of Mr. Eric Logan and demanded he be executed without delay people would be losing their minds. The place for this is in front of a grand jury if need be. the Mayor needs to remain silent on the issue other than to affirm the constitutional right to due process. It is clear that this is either a political jewel for him our a ripe around his political next, lest he forgets that its Sgt. Ryan O’Neill and his family who lives he places in very real danger by his completely flagrant and politically motivated remarks.

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

A politician backstabbing police officers by calling their justified killing of someone attacking them racist...Gee...where have I heard that before...Oh I remember...a president named Obama who to this day still says the justified shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer he was attacking racist...No Thank You Buttigieg...One lying, backstabber when it comes to our law enforcement, as a president is enough!!!!