By Maureen Mackey | August 28, 2019
Fox News contributor Raymond Arroyo went on the road for “The Ingraham Angle” on Tuesday night — and shared some horrifying insights about South Bend, Indiana.
Viewers were treated to scenes of boarded-up homes and filthy encampments populated by homeless people.
South Bend right now is “a place where the local population here — 25 percent of them — live beneath the poverty line. And crime has risen to 20-year highs, with violent assaults exceeding by 173 percent the national average. And there are a lot of abandoned homes here,” Arroyo reported, noting that he was standing just a few miles from “the golden dome of Notre Dame.”
Arroyo spoke with a number of residents of the city for their take on Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s presidential candidacy in light of the worrisome problems in South Bend.
“We’ve got a mayor that’s more concerned about politics right now than he is about public safety in our own city, and it’s infuriating,” said Harvey Mills, president of the South Bend Fraternal Order of Police.
“Now the public sees us as villains,” Mills added. “They’re looking at police officers as someone that wants to hurt them, not help them,” he said, explaining why it’s tougher for law enforcement to do their jobs right now. “And morale is at all an all-time low, as far as I’m concerned. I’ve been a police officer here for 27 years. This is the lowest I’ve ever seen it.”
“And it’s mainly due to the mayor’s lack of public support for our officers.”
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Mills said that “more than 10 officers have been shot at” since the Eric Logan shooting case in June of this year. “We attribute that to the racism remarks that Mayor Pete has been spewing, and demoralizing our police department and the public. You know, the public is now afraid to approach us.”
On June 16, a South Bend police sergeant was involved in a shooting that killed an African-American man, Eric Logan, who was 54 — sparking outrage in the community.
Sergeant Ryan O’Neill fatally shot Logan during a dispute; O’Neill is currently the subject of a special prosecutor investigation and a civil lawsuit, as a CBS News Indiana affiliate reported.
The St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office said Logan was holding a knife as he approached an officer who was responding to a report of a person breaking into cars. Sergeant O’Neill told authorities later that he fired his weapon only after Logan refused police orders to drop the knife.
O’Neill was not wearing a body camera — which has raised questions for many. O’Neill has since resigned his police position.
Logan — the man who died in the shooting — was a convicted felon who was brandishing an eight-inch hunting knife, police authorities said.
“Honestly, I can’t wait to get out,” one South Bend resident told Arroyo for “The Ingraham Angle” segment. “I get tired of hearing shootings every night.”
Several others whom Arroyo interviewed mentioned their disdain for the downtown area — and said they don’t like to go there at night.
“My message to the mayor is to drop the politics and be a leader for the city that he was sworn to be a leader for,” said Mills of the Fraternal Order of Police.
A poll in early July showed that Mayor Pete “continued to receive zero support from black Democratic voters as he fell below five percent in overall support after last week’s debates,” as Newsweek reported last month.
There’s a lot more about South Bend and the political situation there for Buttigieg in Tuesday night’s revealing “Ingraham Angle” report.
See more of Arroyo’s on-the-ground reporting about the issues there in the tweet just below, as well as other tweets — and share your thoughts:
— Raymond Arroyo (@RaymondArroyo) August 28, 2019
Andrew Yang is polling ahead of Mayor Pete and that’s the only news I need to read for the day. https://t.co/OsTgs4ms8R
— Alexandra DeSanctis (@xan_desanctis) August 27, 2019
— LukeTheOrange (@LukeTheOrange) August 27, 2019
Mad props to Presidential candidate Mayor Pete Buttigieg for standing in solidarity with gig workers fighting for a UNION and the passage of AB 5. thank you @PeteButtigieg …#ab5 #UnionsForAll pic.twitter.com/V8q9iuBCWM
— Tia Orr (@burnleyorr) August 27, 2019
This piece originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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