Buttigieg Takes Heat At Town Hall After Violent Week In South Bend


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Buttigieg Takes Heat At Town Hall After Violent Week In South Bend

The South Bend mayor and presidential candidate says the problem of police violence needs to end in America.


SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- A town hall was held in South Bend Sunday that sometimes grew heated and emotional.

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg -- a Democrat presidential candidate -- called the town hall a week after a white police officer fatally shot an African-American man in the city and took responsibility for the incident.

"I know how much concern there is over this police involved shooting that happened last Sunday," Buttigieg said. "I also know there is concern over the shooting that happened early this mroning."

In a separate incident, 11 people were shot and one of them was killed at Kelly's Pub in South Bend early Sunday. Brandon Williams, 27, was pronounced dead at a hospital after the fight at Kelly's Pub, said the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit said in a news release.

The St. Joseph County prosecutor's office says the suspect remains at large. 

"At the end of the day, I'm responsible," Buttigieg added.

At the town hall meeting Sunday, Buttigieg said the city had done "a lot of things" to improve its police department, including bias and civil rights training, but acknowledged that it had failed in its efforts to diversify the department and to implement body cameras.

However, that didn't stop people at the meeting from interupting multiple times, including an incident when an irate woman had to be escorted out shouting at Buttigieg: "you have never been their for African-Americans."

Buttigieg said the problem of police violence needs to end.

"This problem has to get solved in my lifetime," Buttigieg said. "I don't know of a person or a city that has solved it, but I do know if we do not solve it, it will sink America."

Buttigieg drew applause when he said he had informed the prosecutor he would like an independent investigator to look at last Sunday's shooting. He said he would ask the US Department of Justice's civil rights division to look into it as well. 

24/7 Newsource contributed to this article

(PHOTO: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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