The South Bend Fraternal Order of Police is demanding that Mayor Pete Buttigieg recuse himself from investigations involving an officer involved shooting, claiming the mayor’s presidential aspirations might cloud his judgement.
In a statement, the FOP addressed concerns that Buttigieg is simply involved in order to boost political ratings, particularly since the June 14 incident involves a black civilian and a white police officer.
“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 a statement. “On a national TV debate, the mayor called our entire police force racist while another candidate insisted that Buttigieg fire the police chief. 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.”
According to The Washington Free Beacon, many in the local black community are calling for the mayor to resign.
“To start with trying to heal, the mayor just needs to resign,” said activist and pastor Mario Sims.
Others criticized the mayor for not acknowledging the notion that race was a factor in the shooting.
“Never once did he say, ‘I’m sorry,'” said Rev. Sylvester Williams Jr. “Never once did he say, ‘I repent,’ and we know that repentance will come and then renewal will follow.”
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