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A former South Bend Common Council president is calling on Mayor Pete Buttigieg to step down in the wake of a series of shootings that have sent shockwaves through hometown and 2020 presidential campaign.
“Because of Pete’s selfishness, in my opinion, he is still the mayor,” Derek Dieter said in an interview with the Washington Free Beacon.
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“To me, it doesn’t make sense. If you’re running for president, that’s a lot of pressure, you got to be on the road,” he added. “Everything that happens in South Bend shouldn’t be on your mind. You should be concentrating on running for president. So, I’m adamant that he should resign as mayor.”
Dieter’s comments come after a special prosecutor was requested Monday to investigate the fatal shooting of a black man by a white police officer in a case that has inflamed tensions between the black community in South Bend.
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St. Joseph County Prosecutor Kenneth Cotter filed a petition asking a judge to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the June 16 shooting of 54-year-old Eric Logan by South Bend police Sgt. Ryan O’Neill. It came a day after Buttigieg said he would write the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and notify Cotter that he’d like an independent investigator appointed.
Buttigieg, who has surged from obscurity to become a top-tier 2020 presidential candidate, left the campaign trail for several days to deal with fallout from the June 16 shooting. He faced criticism Sunday from angry residents of South Bend at an emotional town hall meeting, where some community members questioned...
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