South Bend Community Activist: I Don’t Trust Pete Buttigieg Right Now

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 21: Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at the Democratic presidential candidates NALEO Candidate Forum on June 21, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Joe Skipper/Getty Images)
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Appearing Monday on CNN, South Bend, Indiana community activist Blu Casey said he does not presently have confidence in 2020 White House contender and Mayor Pete Buttigieg after a police officer fatally shot Eric Logan, a black local resident.

A partial transcript is as follows: 

BROOKE BALDWIN: I was talking to Pastor Michael Patton, the president of South Bend NAACP, just a couple days ago. He moderated the town hall. I asked him and this is his assessment of how he thinks Mayor Pete has handled all this.

MICHAEL PATTON: I think he’s handling it very well. He has taken steps to draw the community together, starting with on Sunday after the incident. He’s brought community leaders together, our chief of police, as well as others to the table to begin to bring some calm to the storm. In my opinion, he’s done a phenomenal job up to this point.

BALDWIN: He says he’s done a phenomenal job, Blu. What would you say to Pastor Patton?

BLU CASEY: He’s not out here. He’s not seeing clearly what’s going on in the streets and what’s going on with the people. Pastor Patton needs to get some stories, get some stories from the people and streets about what’s going on. He knows who I am. The mayor is there for a reason. You’ve got to bring these jobs. You can make everything sound good for downtown, but South Bend is more than downtown South Bend. There’s the West side, North side, Lake side, East side, Southeast side, Lower Mexico. There are people starving. We are closing down schools, things not talked about within our city. The only reason Eric Logan is being talked about is because Mayor Pete is running for president. 

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BALDWIN: Last question. Do you trust him? Do you trust Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Blu? Yes or no?

CASEY: Woah, that’s a hard question. I want to trust the spirit, so right now, no, but I will give him the chance to do this right thing.

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