Pete Buttigieg under scrutiny for his handling of a police shooting in his hometown

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Democratic presidential candidate and mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg is under scrutiny for his handling of a police shooting in his hometown, South Bend.

Sunday’s fatal shooting of a black man by a white officer has quickly become one of the biggest tests of the 37-year-old Democrat’s presidential race.

His response has drawn mixed reviews, and highlighted tensions with South Bend’s African-American community.

Sunday’s shooting of 54-year-old Eric Logan has posed perhaps Buttigieg’s biggest challenge of the presidential election cycle so far, forcing him to navigate the dual roles of mayor and candidate at a critical time for both his campaign and the city of roughly 100,000 people. It also highlights Buttigieg’s struggle to appeal to black voters and threatens to undo some of the progress he has made with the minority community in his hometown.

the shooting also has renewed the focus on one of Buttigieg’s biggest vulnerabilities. He has struggled to attract early support from black voters, who are key to winning as a Democrat, and has drawn attention to problems of race within South Bend and under his leadership.

The two-term mayor was highly criticized for firing the city’s first black police chief early in his career, and while he has implemented several programs to try to improve relations between police and the black community, he admitted this week that any gains they’ve made are now in jeopardy.

At a swearing-in ceremony for six white police cadets on Wednesday, Mr Buttigieg said “years working to build trust between city leaders, public safety officers and members of the community we are charged to serve… are in jeopardy”, due to Sunday’s shooting.

Buttigieg is due to resume his campaign over the weekend, with events planned in the crucial state of South Carolina, but has said he is uncertain when he will begin again.

Via The Washington Post/CBS

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