Democratic Presidential nominee candidate Pete Buttigieg abruptly pulled himself from the campaign trail on Friday for a second time this week to deal with the aftermath of a South Bend police officer who fatally shot a black man last weekend. Protesters from Black Lives Matters and some South Bend citizens shouted down Buttigieg and and South Bend Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski at a an impromptu meeting to discuss the matter..
The loosely organized protest became chaotic at times, with Black Lives Matter protesters speaking over Buttigieg and South Bend Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski. The mayor went on to solicit community input in a town hall meeting slated for Sunday afternoon.
“We’re not going to make promises we can’t keep. We’re not. But I will do everything I can if we work together to make improvements,” Buttigieg said. “We gotta fix this in our lifetime. If we don’t, America will fail in our lifetime.”
“And so as long as I am mayor, I will listen,” he pledged. “And so long as I live, I will work on this. Because this is my community too. And shame on all of us if we don’t make it better.”