A video is sweeping through social media feeds after an angry Black Lives Matter protester reportedly rushed the stage of a political event being held to garner support for Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a candidate running for president in 2020.
“Who organized this? We have a police crisis in this town!” said the protester as they rushed the stage on Wednesday night.
The New York Post reported that while South Bend Councilwoman Sharon McBride was addressing the crowd, who had turned out in support of Mayor Pete, an unidentified man stood up and began rushing toward the stage, apparently outraged by the gathering’s focus.
“Who chose these people as black leaders?” the man can be heard calling out, as caught by WSBT 22 News, who was at the event.
Another event goer attempted to use a can held over their head to deliver a blow to the meeting’s intruder, but other members of the audience stopped it before the cane could be brought down on the protester’s head.
The protester then wrestled the microphone away from the councilwoman and began to address the crowd.
“Why are we talking about Pete Buttigieg? What kind of nonsense is this?” they shouted.
Additional video captured at the scene showed a gathering of BLM protesters huddled in the back of the room. Some were holding signs in protest.
Check out the video of the evening’s events right here.
Turns out Buttigieg was not at the actual event, but it had reportedly been organized to garner black supporters for the presidential hopeful.
As for the “police crisis” going on in the community, that’s up for debate.
South Bend, Indiana was the focus of a heated controversy over a recent officer-involved shooting that left a suspect dead and an officer’s career shattered.
We brought you that story back in June.
The basic tenants of policing are to protect and serve the community. It’s ironic these mandates can place an officer’s life at risk.
At approximately 3:30 am on June 16, 2019, in South Bend, Indiana, Sgt. O’Neill responded to a parking lot near the Central High Apartments. A report was received a male in dark clothing was observed breaking into parked vehicles. The suspect was not reported to be black or white. Upon the sergeant’s arrival at the scene, he observed a male, Eric Logan, partially situated in a parked vehicle.
The first action taken by O’Neill was to inquire of Logan if he owned the vehicle in question. Asking questions is a positive step in deescalating a situation. Logan replied, that yes, the car is his. Reportedly, O’Neill indicated that he observed a knife in Logan’s right hand.
Allegedly, O’Neill drew his firearm upon identifying a threat (a man with a knife) as he simultaneously tried to deescalate the threat in front of him by ordering Logan to drop the knife as O’Neill walked backward to create space between them.
This scenario, if done correctly, demonstrates that O’Neill sought to gain Logan’s compliance as the sergeant drew his weapon. Once Logan lunged at O’Neill with the knife raised, O’Neill fired twice, striking Logan once in the chest. O’Neill transmitted a radio call reporting shots fired, noting that he was injured and was in need of an ambulance. Officers responded and Logan was transported to the hospital, where he died.
Actions taken by an armed assailant against an officer determines whether an officer’s response is appropriate based on the totality of the facts and circumstances present by the officer as per the policy and procedure of the police department and the guidelines of the landmark case of Graham v Conner.
In Graham v. Connor [i] the United States Supreme Court held: “The ‘reasonableness’ of a particular use of force must be judged from the perspective of a reasonable officer on the scene, rather than with the 20/20 vision of hindsight.”
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In Tennessee v. Garner, the Court held that all Fourth Amendment seizures are judged by a “totality of circumstances.” [ii] Putting these two standards together, it becomes clear that a court must review an officer’s use of force by the Totality of circumstances from the perspective of a reasonable officer at the scene, rather than with the 20/20 vision of hindsight.
Buttigieg, upon being updated about the OIS, canceled his agenda on the campaign trail to return to his community to meet with residents to listen to their complaints and to reassure the community the facts and circumstances regarding the shooting will be properly investigated by an outside agency.
Buttigieg walked into a meeting filled with protestors. He was openly concerned with the complaints he heard, but he stood his ground when he was asked his position regarding Black Lives Matter.
His response as Mayor, not a presidential candidate, was appropriate when he stated, he did “not have evidence that there has been discipline for racist behavior.” A protestor responded, “You running for president and you expect black people to vote for you?”
Buttigieg told her, “I’m not asking for your vote,” to which she replied, “you ain’t gonna get it either.”
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