Special Prosecutor Requested To Investigate Fatal Shooting By Police Officer

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Special Prosecutor Requested To Investigate Fatal Shooting By Police Officer

A white South Bend police officer shot and killed a black man last week while on a call of a suspected car thief.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- A special prosecutor has been requested to investigate the fatal shooting of a black man by a white South Bend Police Officer.

The death of 54-year-old Eric Logan brought angry protest from South Bend's black community. And led to a town hall meeting with Mayor Pete Buttigieg--interrupting his campaign for the Democratic Presidential nomination.

The petition from St. Joseph County Prosecutor Kenneth Cotter cites a desire to avoid "any appearance of impropriety, conflict of interest or influence."

It's up to a Circuit Court Judge now to appoint the special prosecutor--who will also look at a police report written eleven years ago in which two other officers are quoted as expressing concern about "inappropriate racial remarks" made by Officer Ryan O'Neill--who fired twice at Logan.

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