South Bend Police Facing 'Mass Exodus' After Mayor Attacks Cops During Debate

South Bend police officers are trying to decide whether to leave the force after Mayor Pete Buttigieg abandoned them.

South Bend, IN – Presidential hopeful and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg was careful to avoid putting his police department in the national spotlight again during the second round of Democratic Presidential debates after rumors of a planned “mass exodus” of South Bend police officers emerged following his comments about “systematic racism” during the first debate.

“Morale around here has been terrible. We do nothing,” a 20-year veteran of the South Bend Police Department (SBPD) told Fox News.

“We call ourselves firemen, we sit around in parking lots until we’re called and then we go to the call, because if you say or do something wrong, then you get hung,” he said.

Another officer said the mayor’s criticism of his department had been “demoralizing” and made it “hard to come to work lately.”

What to do about the problem has become a hot topic among officers.

“That's the big discussion... is who's staying and who's going. I think you’re going to see a mass exodus, our administration is a joke,” an officer told FOX News.

The South Bend Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) called out Buttigieg’s remarks after the first debate and asked the mayor to recuse himself from all decisions related to the investigation of the June 16 fatal shooting of 54-year-old Eric Logan.

The controversial incident 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 the incident and marched to the County City Building to demand that city officials fire Sgt. O’Neill, WBND reported.

Despite the fact the investigation is ongoing, Sgt. O’Neill resigned effective immediately on July 15.

The FOP blamed the move on stress, the lawsuit filed by Logan’s family, and national media attention on the shooting that had generated numerous threats against the officer and his family, the South Bend Tribune reported.

The sergeant and his wife have three small children, including a newborn baby.

South Bend Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski confirmed he had received Sgt. O’Neill’s resignation but refused to comment on it, the South Bend Tribune reported.

“Sgt. O’Neill did his job and was forced to defend his own life from a convicted felon who was armed with an eight-inch hunting knife,” FOP President Harvey Mills said in a press release. “We’re confident that the investigation into the shooting will determine that the action he took was justified based on the law and his training.”

“These fights are just too much for Sgt. O’Neill and his family to undertake right now,” Mills said in the release.

The mayor has claimed that he’s not taken a side in the Logan shooting but his remarks on the debate stage in June told a different story.

He described the incident as “a black man... killed by a white officer” and said he “could walk through all of the steps we took, from bias training to de-escalation, but it didn’t save the life of Eric Logan. And when I look into his mother’s eyes, I have to face that fact and nothing that I say will bring him back,” FOX News reported.

“Until we move policing out from the shadow of systemic racism, whatever this particular incident teaches us, we will be left with the bigger problem of the fact that there is a wall of mistrust, put up one racist act at a time, not just what’s happened in the past, but from what’s happening around the country in the present,” the Presidential candidate said.

As a result, upset officers have been talking about leaving the South Bend Police Department en masse.

“To me, it’s like he kind of convicted Sgt. O’Neill before anything was even out, making comments like that,” an officer told FOX News. “It wasn’t based on the facts of what happened, because we don’t even have all the facts of what happened.”

“It’s like pouring gas on the fire,” he said.

Numerous officers told FOX News they’re considering resigning or taking retirement in the wake of the mayor’s comments about their department.

"I feel like we're guilty until proven innocent," an officer said.

Another officer said that Buttigieg’s remarks were making recruitment nearly impossible for the beleaguered 240-officer South Bend Police Department, who will need to hire a lot of officers to replace those planning to leave.

“When you see the politics and the way police officers are treated by the media and by politicians, it’s like, why would anyone want to sign up to do this job right now?” he asked.

The FOP President strongly urged the mayor, who does not attend fallen officer memorial services, to back his police department and stop the exodus, FOX News reported.

"We have 240 officers that really need that support when every call we go to is already weighing on our minds and it’s a lot of stress and they don’t need the additional stress knowing the city administration doesn’t support them," Mills said.

Some officers have said they do not think the relationship between Buttigieg and his police department is fixable, and joked about getting “WWPD” bracelets to remind them to think about “What Would Pete Do?” before they respond to emergency calls, FOX News reported.

Mills said the current environment was dangerous for officers and might cause them to hesitate at a critical moment.

“They are less likely to defend themselves, and that scares me because we've got 15 officers on our memorial wall and I certainly don’t want to add a 16th,” the FOP president said.

Comments (97)
No. 1-41
HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

This is the generation of politicians we have stepped into ladies and gentlemen. A mayor that won’t back his police department. Same types Are present in any other profession, including the police, Hopefully they learn fast from the seasoned veterans of these jobs otherwise we’re all in big trouble. The way this generation thinks, what they expect, and their entitled minds as they Spent all their high school years playing video games, parents telling them “you’re the best at what you do and nobody can say you do anything wrong” when in reality they’re crap. With their ignorance of why and what made society today, ignoring and minimizing the importance of police, as if society could thrive without them. Even the Wild West had laws, and people had to follow them. Back then, if you broke the laws not only the law would come after you, but rogue groups of people called lynch mobs, and they were out to kill. But you keep on keeping on mayor, and you’ll be known as the asshole who let everything go to shit. Is that really what the goal is? To turn people against police? What the fuck is going on in your right mind? Brothers and sisters in blue, stay strong, watch each other’s “six” and that would be all that matters. Then we’ll see how long it will take for people and the mayor to appreciate police. And I’ll bet the first would be the mayor when it comes time for re-election or his ass gets beat. Whichever comes first. Either way he’s an ass clown.

Bad Bob
Bad Bob

Looks like a totally righteous shooting to me.

LEO0301
LEO0301

When moral gets this low in a department, it is hard to fix. The only way I can see it happening is a new mayor and chief. It all starts at the top.

Saints
Saints

Truly wonder when if at all this jackass mayor did or has ever done a ride along to see what is like out there for his officers what the nasty criminals in his communities are like before he jumps on the criminal's side and stabs his real heroes POS JACKASS ((Peter Buttigieg))!!.... "" You owe your police and citizens an apology ""......

Bobholly79
Bobholly79

Another demoRAT where are all the real Democrats???

These pieces of shit are ruining the country.

I travel coast to coast and border to border and I see police under siege In All Metro Areas

It’s time for TERM LIMITS FOR ALL ELECTED OFFICALS

Budman2082
Budman2082

Hey Pete, you stupid shit. When you look into his mothers eyes you should say, what the fuck was your son doing breaking into cars, carrying a hunting knife and attacking a police officer? That's what you say!
Cops don't choose the color of a suspect when sent on a complaint. Get that through your head. Oh , and give up running for President......your toast!

Dixiedamit
Dixiedamit

So sad that Officers have to go into their jobs with sentiments of " we're damned if we do and damned if we don't "...RESPECT ! Bless you all..

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

To the officers of the South Bend PD: resigning in mass is stupid, and will hurt you more than it will hurt anyone else. You shouldn't be resigning from your job until you have another one already lined up.

Sgt. O’Neill's resignation should have NEVER been accepted. He did nothing wrong, and it's a travesty how the city's leadership has treated this incident. A person attacks you with a weapon, forcing you to defend your self, you suffer an injury in the attack, and the mayor still thinks the officer is wrong?

There is something seriously wrong with those who feel the officer shouldn't be able to defend himself when attacked by a person with a weapon.

puln428
puln428

I can’t imagine the frustration that these police officers are having to deal with. Some thug is breaking into a car, has a lady’s purse under his shirt, will not drop the 8 inch hunting knife after being told to do so 3 times and then raises the knife over his head!! REALLY?!?! Hell I would have shot him too!! He deserved to be shot. Good grief! That is one thing that is wrong with this country right now. There is no respect. Act like a thug and you should be treated like a thug. I’m 57 years old and can’t even fathom not complying with what an officer tells me to do whether I’ve done anything wrong or not. I wouldn’t be a LEO for a million dollars! I’m behind the ‘blue’ and they are in my prayers.

Bigyoda20
Bigyoda20

Buttimuncher is another Useless feck’n human. The entire police department should go on strike until he resigns.

observer1
observer1

Knives are incredibly dangerous. When I was 16 I saw someone get sliced across his face and I never forgot how quickly it happened. With that said this rotten politician is a national shame. There's a photo of him (?) kissing his (?) "husband" for all the world to see. This behavior is fast becoming "The New Normal". Welcome to New Sodom, now stay tuned in for the fire and brimstone.

GForce48
GForce48

We can no longer entrust our collective security into the hands of Dems/Libs/Socialists as they do not have our safety and security as a priority. They repeatedly coddle and excuse the criminal element within our society and enable and encourage criminals to come into our country. They don't back law enforcement and actively protest against it!

BerettaAPX
BerettaAPX

All these liberals who are praising first responders today after the mass shootings will throw them under the bus tomorrow. Kill a mass shooter you are a hero, kill a black thug and you are a racist.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Politicians should keep their uneducated noses out of stuff they know nothing about, like police procedure.

Buzz17
Buzz17

Recruit those "community activists" & publish their names & addresses, introduce them as South Bend's new police force! Let them get off their high horses & get out there & deal with all the crap that police officers have to see & try to assist with every single day. How long do you think they'll last? Also, it's time for officers like Sgt. O'Neill to file class action lawsuits against troublemakers like Buttlieg & Co., for the threats against their lives & those of their families, for disrupting police operations, for spreading violence & division in their cities, etc. Those responsible should be the ones to pay the price.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Probably did it on purpose to clean out officers that he considers to be a potential liability.

Astow
Astow

That’s what Obama did, he ALWAYS convicted the LEO after an incident, before there was any investigation! “If I had a son, he’d be just like ________ (fill in name)!”

Raymelson
Raymelson

Butleg is a total idoit an disgrace to the office he holds

new2lv2
new2lv2

Hug A-Thug program in full effect in South Bend.

Lochemet
Lochemet

South Bend needs to find a real mayor - not a sissy mayor like this Butt-rig. He is such a disgrace to the city of South Bend. It would be nice if the LEO's of any given city could actually resign and let the powers-that-be that have no respect or regard for their city's PD deal with it to show them what can happen to the city without LE. But the problem with that is that the decent and good citizens of any given city deserve the service and protection of the good PD's that most of them have. Again, what is needed in these cities are good mayors and good community leaders - not the schmucks that many of them currently have. And can you imagine if Butt-rig actually became president?? That would most likely lead to a major exodus of true Americans from the U.S. Even Venezuela would be a better place to go if Butt-rig became president. I don't believe he has a chance, but he is so delusional that he thinks he actually does.

Old Hawg
Old Hawg

A police officer does what he must to defend his life and the mayor destroys his reputation and career? And then he wants me to give him my vote for POTUS? The only thing I'll give Buttigieg is an invitation to kiss my ass. It would serve him right if the entire South Bend PD left en masse. The aftermath of that should leave him as he should be - out of public service for the rest of his miserable life.

ladywriter
ladywriter

LVMPD is hiring and Las Vegas loves our Metro and don't treat them like shit. LEO's deserve so much better than how they're treated any more.

Astroserf
Astroserf

He can't run a medium-sized city, but Buttigieg thinks we should elect him President??? NO!

mike wauters
mike wauters

Peter Puffer needs to put Chastens sausage in his mouth to shut it. He is making the police look bad and the criminals look like victims. Just like all leftists do. Unreal.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

It's all about the vote, they're cow towing to the minorities to get their votes. He/she will get them and then their towns, cities, states turn to what the cows excrete..

Branoli
Branoli

In my opinion, unless someone is actually assaulting a person or committing some other violent act when police in this city arrive then the police just need to look the other way and let the non violent crimes go unchecked. If people complain then tell them to contact the mayor for an answer as to why the person who broke into their house or car or committed some other non violent act wasn't arrested. Maybe then he would figure out the value of his police officers - or not!

Shastabeau
Shastabeau

Butthead is a fool! I think everyone sees through his stupidity and pandering! Why not blame the person that's 100% responsible for his own death?

DR226
DR226

So this is how these gutless, spineless, pansies de escalate a confrontation, cow down to these ghetto economy draining hood rat families just to prevent the destruction of their cities by these uneducated primates. Turn and run is their answer. They don't give a shit about the collateral damage caused by these accusations of racism among their LEO'S. Colleagues, family, friends, and community pay the price. This asshat won't come close to winning this primary nor will De assio. since when do Mayors of cities run for president of this country when they run a city. This ass thinks he's going to win the black vote with his remarks. SMH

LynnSB
LynnSB

Walk OUT !! Let the F*cking Animals Kill Each other !!

ccouslin
ccouslin

Liberalism and socialism are a disease in this country, The founding fathers took action to prevent tyranny from happening again. Recently they, the so called left have found ways around this and are trying to destroy our protectors. I mention the police, ICE, the military. That is just a start. Should this man, who never will but should he be elected we are doomed. I stand with the men and women in BLUE, I stand with our Military. I am sick and tired of the DNC crime family, you know the most powerful crime syndicate in the world. Let this country alone, let us be safe. 1 in 100 cops are bad, 1 in 100 doctors are bad, 1 in 100 of any group of people are bad. I understand this. I will say this my friends, 1 in 3 politicians are bad to the core and corrupt. You have people who are not fit for the job in any occupation. I don't care who you are or where you work you have 1 bad one in the bunch. My philosophy is this, if you are an officer you stand by your superiors, if you are in the military, you follow the chain of command. This is normal in any work environment. When you see a display like this, you KNOW something is wrong.

K-9 319
K-9 319

Ya gotta wonder when Sharpton will show up. There's money to be made and he's good at getting the getto lottery started and getting his picture in the paper. You'd thing with all this money he's making he would pay his taxes. Then again, why ? Seems like everybody is afraid to go after him for tax evasion.

stooge819
stooge819

"Controversial incident". The incident in and of itself is not controversial. There was no controversy. A suspect attacked a police officer with a knife and the officer was forced to defend himself. Period. The controversy has been manufactured by the media to sell papers and advertising.

MajScallywag
MajScallywag

The police need to band together and all quit in mass. Let Butter Butt choose a new police department from his criminal buddies. It will only get worse officers. Get out now!!

Flynguy
Flynguy

C’mon police everywhere. Toss your badges into the streets. Let the good rats and mayors thereof have it. Then let the citizens exterminate some vermin. That butt fucker Buttigieg and it’s husband will be hamstrung and BBQ’d.

sanman899
sanman899

We are definitely at the tipping point. If democrats win WE LOOSE!!! Forever.

investigator
investigator

Another short little man who could never make it as a Cop.

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

Just like Obama backstabs police officers, so does this idiot....Dems in general have no respect for the law or our brave law enforcement...I hope this gets made known on a greater scale!!!

Janken
Janken

The mayor acts like a coward. The police have to put up with idiots every day and then you have a mayor that cant stick up for the men and women who are trying to keep his town safe? I am realizing more and more how complaining by the idiot left is getting disgusting. The left calling racism all the time. The candidates act like parrots saying the same thing all the time

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Its all for about votes for Mayor Buttitchitch. It reminds me of the kid who was desperate for attention in HS who said and did the most outrageous behaviors just to be noticed by the teacher .......and especially by other kids. Similar pattern here as they all keep trying to outdo each other . Who among them can say the most outrageous statement just to stand out from the crowd. Common decency and traditional values are left out of the equation as it doesn't matter to the Dem politician. It is simply about the votes and the resulting power they seek and hope to achieve .

MajScallywag
MajScallywag

The mayor is a consummate asshole pandering for votes at the expense of the truth; a true democrat. The democrats are so corrupt and such liars it makes me want to puke.

joaquinradioman
joaquinradioman

I applaud anyone who wants to be an officer these days despite all of this unwarranted distrust!!!