By Jon Dougherty
(NationalSentinel) The president of the Sound Bend, Ind., police association is boldly refuting allegations by Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a 2020 Democratic presidential contender, that a recent shooting involving a white officer and a black suspect was racially motivated.
During an appearance on Fox News‘ “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Harvey Mills of the South Bend Fraternal Order of Police said the incident had nothing to do with “skin color,” but rather centered around an officer defending himself against a felony suspect who was attempting to attack him with an eight-inch knife.
In a speech in Chicago at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition with the Rev. Jesse Jackson Monday, Buttigieg essentially threw his entire police force under a bus when he suggested that there was deep-rooted racial bias within the department.
He also claimed that he has been ‘working’ to fix a racial disparity on the majority-white force, noting that “young African Americans not trusting police and therefore not wanting to become police officers” is one reason why NPR reported.
Buttigieg said in his speech that South Bend is a “city that has known its measure of pain.” He added that he has worked to increase police professionalism, decrease bias, increase de-escalation tactics, but “whatever we’ve done has not been enough.”
“This is not just a political problem and it is not just a police problem and it is not just my problem or my city’s problem. And it is certainly not a black problem. This is an American problem, demanding nationwide solutions,” he claimed.
During the shooting, the officer’s body camera was turned off, but Mills said there wasn’t a speck of racial animous involved.
“This is about an officer that was forced to defend himself against a dangerous felon who used an eight-inch hunting knife to attack him,” said Mills. “That’s all this incident is about.”
Asked about the overall effects of Buttigieg’s criticism on the department, Mills said it is grossly “demoralizing.”
“You know, he used the term ‘systemic racism,'” Mills noted. “Maybe he doesn’t understand the definition of ‘systemic.’ We do. That means he’s basically called all police officers racist, and that is blatantly untrue.”
Tucker noted that Buttigieg is a Harvard graduate who is “supposedly very smart” when asking Mills if the mayor has “any evidence” his department is full of black-hating racist cops.
“There’s no indication there’s systemic racism within our police department,” said Mills. “That’s ridiculous.”
Police say suspect Eric Logan was in a parking lot, had the knife, would not respond to officers who asked him to drop it repeatedly, threw the knife at police Sgt. Ryan O’Neill, who then shot Logan.
At a town hall last month to try to hear residents. “We have tried but not succeeded to increase diversity in the police department, and we need help,” Buttigieg said.
Since the Obama administration, Leftist Democrats have been working to undermine confidence in police, especially within minority communities.
The schtick is the same: All cops are inherently racist, the criminal justice system is unjust, too many Americans of color are being jailed and killed, and only Democrats can ‘fix’ that.
Of course, the fixes, as we’ve seen with the election of Soros-backed local district attorneys and prosecutors is to ignore criminal activity, which of course, worsens criminal activity and increases the chaos.
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