Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg has attended a Peace Walk after facing criticism over a police shooting of a back man.
The third annual Peace Walk was hosted by Christ Temple Apostolic Church on Saturday in South Bend, as the funeral for Eric Logan was being held in nearby Mishawaka.
Logan, 54, was shot and killed by South Bend Police Sgt. Ryan O’Neill who was investigating a report of car break-ins in the area on June 16.
Police said that Logan lunged with a knife when he was shot, but O’Neill failed to activate his body-worn camera during the incident.
Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg participates in a Peace Walk hosted by Christ Temple Apostolic Church on Saturday in South Bend, Indiana
The roughly 500-yard walk began at a school and ended at a vacant lot for a prayer service
Buttigeig joined the community members as they were called upon to lift their hands in prayer and praise the Lord at the service following the Prayer Walk
The Peace Walk was not directly related to the shooting, and has been held for the past two years on an annual basis.
The roughly 500-yard walk was followed by an outdoor prayer and music service, at which Buttigeig spoke.
He did not directly reference the shooting, but delivered a message calling on the community to come together.
‘Faith calls us to repay hurt with love,’ he said. ‘We come together around the hurt, like a bone we will mend to be stronger in the broken places.’
The shooting of Logan caused outrage in the community and turmoil for Buttigieg as a mayor and as a candidate.
Buttigeig spoke at the meeting and did not directly reference the shooting, but delivered a message calling on the community to come together
He was seen speaking with constituents at the event on Saturday in South Bend
Buttigieg greets residents at the Peace Walk, a week after he was heckled in a town hall
‘Faith calls us to repay hurt with love,’ Buttigieg said at Saturday’s event. ‘We come together around the hurt, like a bone we will mend to be stronger in the broken places.’
Last weekend, Buttigeig was heckled during a town hall meeting he convened on to address constituents concerns over the shooting.
The heckler called Buttigieg a ‘traitor’ during the live broadcast event.
Others in the audience continuously interrupted Buttigieg as he spoke on stage, shouting rude comments and profanities the mayor’s way.
During the presidential debate in Miami on Thursday, Buttigeig spoke candidly about the shooting.
‘I couldn’t get it done,’ Buttigieg said when asked why he had not done more to diversify his police force.
‘I could walk you through all of the things that we have done as a community, all of the steps that we took, from bias training to de-escalation, but it didn’t save the life of Eric Logan. And when I look into his mother’s eyes, I have to face the fact that nothing that I say will bring him back.’
Police said Eric Logan, 54, (left) was lunging with a knife when he was fatally shot by South Bend Police Sgt. Ryan O’Neill (right) on June 16
Demonstrators protest the shooting death of Eric Logan outside of the South Bend Police Station following his funeral on Saturday in South Bend, Indiana
At 37-years-old, Buttigieg is the youngest candidate of the 24 running in the Democratic primary. He is also openly gay.
Eric Logan’s relatives filed a lawsuit against the South Bend police on Wednesday in federal court.
It accuses Sgt. O’Neill of using excessive deadly force when he shot Logan.
The lawsuit also names the city of South Bend as a defendant but does not name Buttigieg.
Also on Saturday, protesters demonstrated outside of the South Bend Police Station.
One sign spotted at the protest read ‘Pete is a snake.’