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Black Lives Matter in South Bend

Postby Happy Mom » Sat Aug 03, 2019 10:10 pm

A few dozen gather for Black Lives Matter standoff in South Bend
By Mary Shown South Bend Tribune 9 hrs ago


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SOUTH BEND — Chocolate chip cookies, bananas and sandwiches were handed out to a few dozen people midday Saturday who gathered in front of the County-City Building downtown.

The group is there for a 24-hour standoff, with the goal of raising awareness of the demands made by BlackTavist and Black Lives Matter groups after the fatal police shooting of Eric Logan, a black man, in June. The demands were first made three weeks ago at a rally in front of the Morris Performing Arts Center.

Sgt. Ryan O’Neill, who has since resigned from the police department, shot Logan on June 16 in a downtown parking lot after responding to reports of car break-ins. Authorities have said Logan approached O’Neill, who is white, with a fixed-blade knife and ignored repeated orders to drop it. The knife had been taken from a car in the area, authorities have said.

O’Neill did not have his body camera turned on at the time of the shooting.

“We’re not expecting a huge group (today), but it’s going to have more people come throughout the day,” Igor Rodriguez, a member of the Black Lives Matter group, said Saturday at the standoff. “Really what we are trying to do is remind people that the city hasn’t really responded to Eric Logan and his family and we don’t want South Bend to be another city where that happens.”

The demands include financial compensation from the city for the family of Logan, stronger body camera and use-of-force policies for officers, the creation of a civilian review board to help with police oversight and the assignment of a special prosecutor to all investigations of possible crimes by officers.

Early last week, the city announced a series of community meetings to gather input from the public on the South Bend Police Department policies that govern body cameras, the use of force and vehicle chases, as well as the department’s training and recruitment practices.

According to a news release issued by Mayor and Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg’s office, input gathered at the seven moderated discussions will be presented to the city Board of Public Safety for “review and possible implementation.”

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Re: Black Lives Matter in South Bend

Postby Happy Mom » Sat Aug 03, 2019 10:11 pm

It does NOT look like a few dozen. It isn't even a dozen...
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Re: Black Lives Matter in South Bend

Postby Buck Wheat » Sun Aug 04, 2019 6:27 am

Happy Mom wrote:SOUTH BEND — Chocolate chip cookies, bananas and sandwiches were handed out to a few dozen people midday Saturday who gathered in front of the County-City Building downtown.


They handed out BANANAS? :shock: :banana-fingers:
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Re: Black Lives Matter in South Bend

Postby Happy Mom » Thu Aug 22, 2019 7:56 am

South Bend Board of Public Safety meeting turns heated in public comments
By Lincoln Wright South Bend Tribune 1 hr ago


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SOUTH BEND — Ongoing tension between police and some members of the community flared up at a public meeting Wednesday morning.

Several community members came to speak at the Board of Public Safety, which administers and oversees policy and discipline of city police and firefighters.

This comes two months after the fatal shooting of 54-year-old Eric Logan, who was black, by then-Sgt. Ryan O’Neill, who is white. Police have said O’Neill was responding to a report of someone breaking into vehicles, about 3:30 a.m. June 16, when he saw Logan partially inside a car in the parking lot of Central High Apartments. When O’Neill stopped to question Logan, they said, Logan approached him with a hunting knife raised and refused to drop the weapon. O’Neill did not have his body camera turned on. A special prosecutor, Ric Hertel of Ripley County, is still investigating the shooting. O’Neill has since resigned from the police force.

Some at Wednesday’s meeting expressed frustrations about previous complaints made to the board and public records requests they said they hadn’t heard back about. Others spoke about the lack of trust they say the community has for the police and that the department is downplaying how bad the problem actually is.

Three people ended up storming out of the meeting angry with the responses from the board. While one man was sharing his concerns, resident Samantha Dowls became angry and yelled at Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski as she walked out, saying he wasn’t even looking at the speaker.

Another man also gave the board a 30-page petition calling for Ruszkowski to be fired. A woman saying she represented Black Lives Matter, told the board they need to do something about the “supremacists” in the department.


She eventually stormed out of the meeting unhappy with the board’s responses. As she walked out, she yelled and called board president John Collins a “rubber stamp.” That caused Collins to respond with a stern voice saying “I’ve never been anyone’s rubber stamp.”


Many at the meeting also became angry when they felt Vernado Malone was disrespected while he was speaking. Malone has been very vocal since Logan’s death.

While Malone was speaking about how the responsibility of keeping the community from rioting was placed on his shoulders, board member Eddie Miller smiled. Members of the public took that as Miller laughing.

Miller said he wasn’t laughing, but that the responsibility for a community should not be placed on just one person. But community member Eli Cantu still took Miller’s smile as a sign of concern.

“When we have a board member, you can visibly see him not taking it serious and laughing and not recognizing the power of the people that’s kind of concerning,” Cantu said. “It allows us to see the gap that’s not going to be bridged. We have to bridge the gap between the community, the board and the police.”

Collins, Miller and the two other board members, Luther Taylor and Daniel Jones, all told those attending the meeting that they take every concern and complaint seriously. As volunteer positions, they are there to do what’s best for the community, they said.

“Your concerns did not fall upon deaf ears,” Collins said at the close of the meeting. “This is no one individual’s fight. We are going to have to come together.”

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Re: Black Lives Matter in South Bend

Postby OldFud » Sat Mar 13, 2021 7:29 pm

Unless I am missing something, this is another case of the corrupt eating their own.
Wasn't there a recent news piece about BLM extorting millions from woke corporations ? That looks like the shakedown movement that Al Sharpton is well known for.

And don't the good folks at BLM state that they are "trained Marxists" on their website ?

BLM should like our Socialists-in-Training in South Bend government.

What elements of each camp are not destroyed by each other will likely be dealt with by Lucifer.

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