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'Mayor Pete' Buttigieg Facing Calls to Step Down in South Bend

South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg
South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 01 July 2019 10:29 AM

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is facing increasing calls to resign from his job as mayor of South Bend, Indiana after a black man was shot and killed by a white police officer.

"To start with trying to heal, the mayor just needs to resign," pastor and civil rights advocate Mario Sims told The Washington Free Beacon, adding that he believes Buttigieg is racially "tone-deaf" and should leave politics until he spends time evaluating what happened.

"I understand political ambition," Sims said, "but you're playing games with the lives of the people here, and innocent police officers."

After taking office, Buttigieg demoted Darryl Boykins, the city's first black police chief, and replaced him with Scott Ruszkowski, a white man. Sims said Buttigieg should demote Ruskowski, given the current situation.

The police shooting took place on June 14. During Buttigieg's town hall on June 23, the city's black community responded furiously. Further, there were six shootings the weekend of the town hall, including one in which a witness said the shooter was aiming at police.

Pat Cottrell, the former president of the South Bend Board of Public Safety, agreed that Buttigieg should not only resign but that he should not be running for president.

"Pete is a fraud," said Cottrell, noting that he has been a poor administrator in the city government. "If there wasn’t anyone else running for president, I still wouldn't vote for Pete."

Cottrell quit the BPS in 2013 after Buttigieg wouldn't fire then-police chief Ron Teachman for allegedly refusing to help a black police officer break up a fight.

The South Bend Fraternal Order of Police has also denounced Buttigieg in a letter, saying his comments and actions are driving a wedge between law enforcement officers and the community they took an oath to serve."

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