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South Bend Fraternal Order of Police releases statement about the deadly officer-involved shooting

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- The South Bend Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #36 released a statement about their stance on last Sunday’s officer-involved shooting that killed 54-year-old Eric Logan.

The Fraternal Order of Police, or FOP, commented on Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s reaction to the shooting.

"Mayor Buttigieg's comments and actions are driving a wedge between law enforcement officers and the community they took an oath serve. Mayor Buttigieg has in no way unified the community," the release said.

The FOP also confirmed their support of Sgt. Ryan O’Neill, who was the officer involved in that deadly shooting. 

"The Executive Board of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #36 stands firm in the representation of its 350+ members in our support for Sgt. O'Neill. Until a thorough and complete investigation is done, we shall not waver."

Sgt. O’Neill's body camera was not active at the time of the shooting. 

Click here to read the full press release that was posted on the South Bend FOP Lodge #36's Facebook page or read it below: 

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Susan 230 days ago
The letter written by the FOP to Mayor Buttigieg makes two things clear:
that they actively disrespect the mayor, disparage his motives and sincerity; and
that they see the police officer as the victim- not the man who was shot, his family or the community mourning him. This is precisely why the community is angry and speaking out about it. Pete took the heat for your officers. This letter is not helpful in any way; it is divisive, offensive, and insensitive. The Mayor and his administration; the citizens; the police; we are all part of the whole. We can only heal together. Your organization's letter adds fuel to the fire, and shames South Bend's leadership to the nation. This appears to be your intent. It is most unfortunate to use your union to reflect disunity and alienation from those who vested you with this responsibility.
mcgees 238 days ago
The SBPD brought this upon themselves. Latest incident shows the lack of trust and credibility the community has in them. Respect for the SBPD is something that has to earned. SBPD needs to look in the mirror not blame the Mayor.
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