Eleven people were shot at a South Bend bar Sunday, just hours before mayor and presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg addressed issues in his northern in city.
The 37-year-old mayor of the small city in IN spoke at a sometimes contentious town hall meeting that was called a week after a white officer, Sgt Ryan O'Neill, fatally shot Eric Logan, a 54-year-old black man.
On Sunday he said he would send a letter to the federal Department of Justice's civil rights division and notify the local prosecutor that he would like an independent investigator appointed.
He has since directed his police chief to order all South Bend police officers to turn their body cameras on when interacting with civilians while on duty. Prosecutors investigating the death of Logan say the shooting was not recorded on the body camera worn by Sgt O'Neill.
"Get the people that are racist off the streets", one woman in the audience said.
Buttigieg returned to campaigning Friday with a trip to Miami but skipped a SC event attended by 21 other presidential candidates to fly home for a Friday evening community march. "Reorganize your department. You can do that by Friday".
Saint Joseph County Police said a crowd of over 100 upset citizens came to the hospital from the pub, which caused the hospital to go on lockdown. When confronted, Logan approached O'Neill with a 6- to 8-inch knife raised over his head, the prosecutor said.
According to the South Bend Tribune, one protester suggested no black people would vote for Buttigieg.
Five people are in a hospital in stable condition, St. Joseph County police said in the release.
National scrutiny is growing on how he deals with events in South Bend, where levels of trust between many blacks and the police force is extremely low.
The mayor, who is white, has been struggling to attract support for his presidential bid among black voters, a vital constituency in a Democratic nominating contest.
Before taking questions from the public, Chief Ruszkowski explained the process for investigations in police-involved shootings. The police department is nearly 90 percent white.