Last Sunday evening, a 54-year-old black American man named Eric Logan was killed at the hands of a South Bend police officer. We do not yet know the whole story, but according to officials, Mr. Logan had a knife, and the white officer was responding to a call that someone was breaking into vehicles of the downtown apartment complex.
As a member of the South Bend community, I am saddened for Mr. Logan’s family and realize the deep wounds that do exist between law enforcement officials and minority communities. But South Bend mayor and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg’s handling of this matter has been totally bungled by his kowtowing to the radicals in his party.
Buttigieg has tarnished the reputation of the officer involved as well as police officers nationally by associating the incident with systemic racism. There is no evidence yet that this shooting was racially -motivated, but Buttigieg is trying to harness the public outrage among the black community to save face during a contentious Democratic primary.
In so doing, Buttigieg has invited the fringes of the Left to descend on South Bend, as the vigil for Mr. Logan featured several black-masked protesters (i.e., Antifa members) among others persons who were presumably genuinely frustrated and grieving Mr. Logan’s death.
Buttigieg — a white, privileged, Harvard-educated son of a Marxist professor — fielded questions from a crowd of angry protesters who read out a series of demands. These included the firing of the officer involved, changes in the city’s body camera policies, the resignation of the police chief, and an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice.
The optics were terrible for Mr. Buttigieg, who donned a clean, white shirt and tie, which clashed with the dozens of protesters — most of whom were casually dressed, lower-income black Americans. The strange scene illustrated something that has become increasingly clear: today’s Democratic Party is composed of sects and groups whose only shared characteristic is that they vote Democrat in November.
The incident comes on the heels of former vice president Joe Biden making a series of gaffes in which he praised his having worked with Democratic segregationists in the U.S. Senate. Biden swiftly received condemnation from his fellow 2020 contenders but refused to apologize. more here