South Bend, Indiana Mayor and 2020 Democratic Candidate Pete Buttigieg requested Tuesday at the city's chief of police to issue a notice confirming the city's police authority policy on body cameras. According to a general order release, the policy requires the authorities to "activate their body cameras during all work-related interactions with civilians."
The decision comes days after the 53-year-old Eric Logan, an African American man, was shot and killed by a white police officer on Saturday. Officers, South Bend Police Sgt. Ryan O'Neill, allegedly Logan approached him with a knife, CBS South Bend affiliate WSBT reports.
Officers later found O & # 39; Neill did not activate his body camera during the meeting. Authorities claim that the camera was not on because the troop arrived at Neill did not have its emergency lights on; both are part of an interconnected system that includes the car's dashboard camera.
Buttigieg issued a statement calling on officials to "acknowledge evil and honor humanity by all those involved in this loss of life" as society experienced. He also called for greater transparency.
"For years, our community has been working to strengthen trust between residents and officials through social commitments, technologies such as body-worn cameras, transparency with police information and other measures," Buttigieg said. "This work must continue at a faster rate than ever, as we move forward together in the wake of the damage caused by what happened on Sunday."
South Bend introduced cameras in 2018. The city's chief of police, Scott Ruszkowski, issued a Order Tuesday that all officers should activate their body cameras, according to WSBT.
Buttigieg, whoMonday and canceled several fundraisers, is expected to launch the shooting during a public security plenary Wednesday.