Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg attended a Peace Walk after criticizing a police raid of a back baker.
The third annual Peace Walk was organized by the Christ Temple Apostolic Church on Saturday in South Bend, when Eric Logan's funeral was held in nearby Mishawaka.
Logan, 54, was shot and killed by South Bend Police Sgt. Ryan O & # 39; Neill who investigated a report on car burglaries in the area on June 16.
Police said Logan pulled out with a knife when he was shot, but O & Neill could not activate his body-worn camera during the incident.
Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg takes part in a peace walk organized by Christ Temple Apostolic Church on Saturday in South Bend, Indiana
The walk of about 500 meters started at a school and ended on a vacant site for a prayer service
Buttigeig joined the community members when they were called to raise their hands in prayer and praise the Lord for the Prayer Run
The Peace Walk was not directly related to the shooting and was held on an annual basis for the past two years.
The walk of about 500 meters was followed by an open-air prayer and music service, on which Buttigeig spoke.
He did not refer directly to the shooting, but delivered a message in which he called on the community to come together.
& # 39; Faith calls us to repay hurt with love, & # 39; he said. & # 39; We come together around the pain, like a bone that we will restore to be stronger in the fractured areas. & # 39;
The shooting of Logan caused indignation in the community and unrest for Buttigieg as mayor and candidate.
Buttigeig spoke during the meeting and did not speak directly about the shooting, but delivered a message calling on the community to come together
He was seen during the event on Saturday in South Bend with voters
Buttigieg greets residents on the Peace Walk, a week after he was broken in a town hall
"Faith calls on us to pay back, hurt with love," Buttigieg said at the Saturday event. & # 39; We come together around the pain, like a bone that we will restore to be stronger in the fractured areas. & # 39;
Last weekend Buttigeig was confused at a municipal meeting that he organized to address voters' concerns about the shooting.
The heckler was called Buttigieg a & # 39; traitor & # 39; during the live broadcast event.
Others in the audience constantly interrupted Buttigieg as he spoke on stage, shouting rude remarks and blasphemy in the manner of the mayor.
During the presidential debate in Miami on Thursday, Buttigeig spoke frankly about the shooting.
& # 39; I couldn't get it done & # 39 ;, Buttigieg said when asked why he had not done more to diversify his police force.
& # 39; I could guide you through all the things we have done as a community, about all the steps we've taken, from biased training to de-escalation, but it hasn't saved Eric Logan's life. And when I look into his mother's eyes, I have to face the fact that nothing I say will bring him back. & # 39;
According to police, Eric Logan, 54, (left) was lifting with a knife when he was shot dead by South Bend Police Sgt. Ryan O & # 39; Neill (right) on June 16
Protesters protest against Eric Logan's shooting death outside of South Bend Police Station after his funeral on Saturday in South Bend, Indiana
Buttigieg is the youngest candidate of the 24 in the Democratic Primary at the age of 37. He is also openly gay.
Eric Logan's family members filed a lawsuit against the South Bend police in federal court on Wednesday.
It blames Sgt. O & # 39; Neill of using excessive lethal force when he shot Logan.
The trial also mentions the city of South Bend as a defendant but does not mention Buttigieg.
Also on Saturday, demonstrators demonstrated outside the South Bend police station.
One sign that was seen at the protest was: & # 39; Pete is a snake. & # 39;
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