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Buttigieg faces fallout over South Bend shooting

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Buttigieg faces fallout over South Bend shooting

Buttigieg faces fallout over South Bend shooting

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg faces an angry town hall audience in South Bend following a fatal police shooting last week.

The incident has exposed simmering racial tensions in the Indiana city where he is mayor and which is complicating his presidential ambitions.

Eve Johnson reports.

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Buttigieg faces fallout over South Bend shooting

EDITORS NOTE: VIDEO AND AUDIO QUALITY AS INCOMING Trouble at home for one of the Democratic party's frontrunners in the 2020 presidential race.

Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana faced angry residents on Sunday (June 23).

It was a town hall meant to answer questions about last week's fatal shooting of Eric Logan, a black man, by a white police officer.

Mayor Pete, as he's known, admitted that in some ways he's failed.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) SOUTH BEND MAYOR AND DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE PETE BUTTIGEIG SAYING: "The effort to recruit more minority officers to the police department and the effort to introduce body camera has not succeeded and I accept responsibility for that." Buttigieg has been mayor of South Bend since 2012.

During that time he's had a rocky relationship with the city's black residents, in part because of an early decision to fire the African American police chief and replace him with a white chief.

Last week's shooting seems to have become a catalyst for the black community bringing simmering anger aimed at police to a boil.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) SOUTH BEND TOWN HALL AUDIENCE MEMBER, SAYING: "Get the people who are racist off the street." Buttigieg, with the city's police chief by his side, sometimes seemed to lose patience.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) SOUTH BEND MAYOR AND DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE PETE BUTTIGEIG SAYING: "I will say that anyone that's on patrol that's shown to be racist in a way that's substantiated that's their last day on the street [shouts] I would love to be able to finish my reply if that's ok".

Buttigieg has left the campaign trail for most of the past week to deal with fallout from the shooting.

The growing political crisis is threatening to undermine what had been a smooth campaign.

But Buttigieg said that for now, he is focused on South Bend.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) SOUTH BEND MAYOR AND DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE PETE BUTTIGEIG SAYING: "I don't know if it's strategic or not, but it's my city.

And I have a relationship with everyone in this city, who looks to this city to keep them safe." Buttigieg said he wants an independent, outside probe of the shooting and will also ask the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate.




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