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PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2016 3:28 pm
by Bingo
The mayor fires D Boykins as police chief and now he wants to honor him :think:
Just a thought....
Oh, I forgot Henry Davis, Jr., didn't even make the list.....What's up with that :?:


PostPosted: Fri Feb 26, 2016 6:15 pm
by Happy Mom
Bingo wrote:The mayor fires D Boykins as police chief and now he wants to honor him :think:
Just a thought....

And haven't most of these people been honored again and again ad nauseum? :roll: :naughty: :hand:


PostPosted: Fri Aug 05, 2016 7:58 pm
by Happy Mom
Cops unconstitutional conduct brings $1 in damages

By Mark Peterson | Posted: Fri 5:28 PM, Aug 05, 2016 | Updated: Fri 6:55 PM, Aug 05, 2016


That’s the price the City of South Bend has been ordered to pay for the unconstitutional conduct of three police officers.

A jury sitting in U.S. District Court in Fort Wayne last week quietly rendered the verdict in a civil lawsuit filed by the Franklin family.

“I think in the environment that’s in America now where police officers have been gunned down in the street, I think the jury was sending a message of support for the police officers,” said Mario Sims, Pastoral Counselor to the Franklin family. “Now somewhere between supporting the police officers and the constitution, they forgot that there’s a family whose constitutional rights were violated. The message you’re sending by awarding them a nominal award of a dollar is essentially, so what? So what that sworn police officers broke into your home and punched your son and tased them.”

It was back in July of 2012 that three white officers (Aaron Knepper, Michael Stuk and Eric Mentz) entered the Franklin home on E. Bowman Street where they punched and tased an innocent teen in a case of mistaken identity.

Police responding to a domestic violence complaint were looking for Dan Franklin, but instead found his brother Deshawn Franklin.

Vivian Franklin first shared her story with News Center 16 in October of 2012 when she said, “They (the officers) need to be punished for sure, because they doing this, they’re going to kill somebody or hurt someone else.”

It was a big deal to Vivian four years ago, but a big disappointment last Friday when a jury finally weighed in. “It should shock, maybe upset, maybe cause dismay among the citizens,” said Mario Sims. “It could be your home it could be anyone's home.”

The jury agreed that the Franklin home was illegally entered by three white officers without a warrant who woke up their sleeping teenaged son by punching and tasing Deshawn Franklin, a Riley High School Senior at the time.

But when it came time to punish police and put a price on their misdeeds, the figure the jurors chose was $1.
“I think that's shocking I think that's a travesty of justice,” said Pastor Sims. “”It creates a very difficult environment when you deal with African American people you tell them to trust the system, and this family did all the right things, they did trust the system, and essentially, even though the jury found their rights were violated, the jury didn't value those rights.”

The city issued a brief written statement on the verdict saying it “appreciates the fair outcome of this legal process” and will “examine what lessons can be learned to improve processes and training.”

The police department’s internal investigation concluded that the officers did illegally enter the home and also cited them for excessive use of force yet, they weren’t suspended. All three were ordered to take remedial training.
“If this happened in Granger, there would certainly have been a much larger award than a dollar,” said Mario Sims. “But it happened on the east side of south bend to a black family. Apparently in the jury’s estimation that a black family wasn’t worth a larger award.”
:roll: :liar:

The jury actually awarded $1 in damages be paid by each of the three defendants to each of the three plaintiffs for each of two unconstitutional actions, unlawful entry and unlawful seizure.

The jury cleared the officers of allegations of false arrest and battery.

While the issue of damages has been settled, another hearing will take place on a request for attorney fees. ... 33911.html


PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2019 9:26 am
by Happy Mom
All I can say is Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski is one brave person to put up with this racist bullcrap..... :roll: :naughty:

South Bend Mayor and SBPD Chief to participate in Town Hall

Posted: Sat 7:44 PM, Jun 22, 2019


SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU)- South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and South Bend Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski are going to participate in a town hall on Sunday.

It will be moderated by the NAACP South Bend Chapter President, Apostle Michael Patton, at 3:30 p.m. at Washington High School.

Both Mayor Pete and Chief Ruszkowski will outline the process for officer-involved shooting investigations before the Board of Public Safety.

They will also take questions from Patton and from the public as well. ... 83391.html


PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2019 2:58 pm
by Buck Wheat
Brave? Ruszkowski is a Buttigieg ass kisser. So is Chasten for that matter, but in a different way.



PostPosted: Thu Jun 27, 2019 6:19 am
by Happy Mom
Family of man fatally shot by South Bend cop files lawsuit against city, officer
By Lincoln Wright South Bend Tribune 10 min ago


Left: South Bend Police Sgt. Ryan O’Neill Right: Eric J. Logan

SOUTH BEND — The family of Eric Logan, who was shot by a South Bend police officer earlier this month, filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against the city and the officer.

In the suit, the family says police used excessive deadly force and that Logan was subjected to unlawful treatment because of his race. Logan was black and the officer, Sgt. Ryan O’Neill, is white.

“The misconduct was objectively unreasonable and undertaken with willfulness and reckless indifference to the rights of others,” the suit reads. “In addition, the misconduct and excessive force, including use of deadly force...shocks the conscience.”

The lawsuit mentions 2008 allegations that O’Neill made racists comments to other officers. It also notes that O’Neill did not activate his body camera before the shooting.

O’Neill shot Logan on June 16 in the parking lot of the Central High Apartments. While responding to a call that someone was breaking into vehicles, O’Neill confronted Logan. The officer has said Logan approached him with a raised knife.

St. Joseph County Prosecutor Ken Cotter has asked for a special prosecutor to take over the investigation into the shooting.

The basis for the lawsuit is the family’s belief that Logan was not a threat to the officer, said Brian Coffman, the family’s Chicago-based attorney.

“We think the details are sketchy,” he said. “We looked at the evidence markers and a lot of these things are not adding up.”

The lack of body camera footage adds to the problem, Coffman said.

“There are several different stories going several different ways,” he said.

Coffman said he filed the lawsuit quickly so he can start filing subpoenas to receive investigative materials.

He also says he wants to determine whether Logan had a knife in his hand when he was shot. If Logan did not, the lawyer argues, then he was unarmed and not a threat at the moment he was shot.

In scanner recordings from the incident, O’Neill is heard telling a dispatcher after the shooting, “Yeah I’m fine … guy threw a knife at me.”

At a news conference later, Metro Homicide commander Mike Grzegorek repeated that Logan threw the knife, pointing out that O’Neill suffered forearm injuries.

But Cotter then clarified the depiction of a knife throw.

“I can’t tell you if his arm is in a downward motion and he gets shot (whether) he just releases the knife or he actually throws it,” Cotter said at the news conference.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:13 am
by Happy Mom
Pete Buttigieg says he failed to recruit a diverse police force in South Bend. Now what?
By Christian Sheckler South Bend Tribune Jun 30, 2019

Nu Black Power Movement of South Bend rally
A rally across from the South Bend Police Department on Sample Street in 2016 featured protests about use-of-force incidents involving city officers.


Twice in the past week, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg publicly acknowledged his administration failed to change the lopsided racial makeup of the city’s police force, as he confronts fallout over the fatal shooting of a black man by a white officer.

The issue has followed Buttigieg to the national stage as he runs for president. During Thursday’s Democratic primary debate, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow asked the mayor why the police department has not hired more black officers during his two terms.

“Because,” Buttiegieg replied, “I couldn’t get it done.”

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At a tense town-hall meeting last week, Buttigieg took responsibility for the failure, though he said it wasn’t for lack of trying.

“I promise you,” he said, “we have tried everything we can think of.”

What Buttigieg hasn’t detailed yet is how city leaders plan to address the police department’s diversity problem going forward.

The lack of minorities among the city’s sworn police officers is a long-standing problem, and one that has vexed departments around the country. Yet data show the disparity has worsened during Buttigieg’s nearly eight years in office. And now, the city is confronting the issue again amid public frustration over the shooting death of 54-year-old Eric Logan on Father’s Day.

According to data provided by the city, 15 of the police department’s 241 officers are black, representing 6 percent of the force. In 2012, Buttigieg’s first year in office, there were 29 black officers, about 11 percent of all sworn officers. According to the most recent census estimates, 26 percent of South Bend residents are African-American.

Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski raised some possible new approaches to minority recruiting during the June 23 town hall meeting, including the recruitment of county jail officers. But details on those initiatives are unclear, and city officials declined to speak about their plans over the past week.

Ruszkowski and Christina Brooks, the city’s officer of diversity and inclusion, both declined interview requests.

In lieu of an interview with city officials, a spokeswoman for the mayor provided a list of initiatives Brooks has implemented. They included a diversity handbook and workshops, monthly lunch discussions on diversity, small-group summits between police and local men of color and the establishment of annual goals, among other points.

The list also includes items such as sexual harassment training, a new career path development system and a Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative.

Ruszkowski has previously said the department constantly tries to reach minorities who could be prospective police officers. Examples include community picnics, walking patrols, outreach by school resource officers and even postcards to targeted groups, the chief said in 2017.

The police department runs youth athletic leagues, and officers attend career fairs and events for military families, the chief told Common Council members earlier this year. He also said the department had recently expanded its cadet program, which offers civilian jobs in the department to young people with an interest in police work, from two positions to four. The cadet program is available to people younger than 21, the age threshold to be a sworn officer.

At the town hall, Ruszkowski repeated his call for “community in-reach,” asking residents to help identify and recruit potential officers.

“I’m begging you,” he said, “please help us change what needs to be changed.”

Sense of trust
South Bend is not alone in its struggle to hire a police force that mirrors the community’s population and can build a greater sense of trust as residents identify with the officers patrolling their neighborhoods.

In fact, the challenge is bigger than just minority hiring, said Chuck Wexler, executive director of the Police Executive Research Forum, a Washington think tank.

In a recent survey, 60 percent of police departments reported their pool of job applicants has declined compared with five years ago. Wexler said drawing people of color is even more difficult, largely because of feelings of increased tension around the country between police and the public, especially minorities. He noted this year will be the fifth anniversary of riots in Ferguson, Mo., after a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teen.

“Honestly, the narrative has not been good for the police the last five years and, especially in the minority community, it has been affected by local and national incidents,” he said. “The relationship between the community and police has been strained, especially in the African-American community.”

Lee Ross, a retired South Bend police lieutenant who is black, said some of the mistrust among minorities can be traced to news coverage and social media, which tend to focus on controversy. At the same time, he said, most black people have experienced racial profiling or know someone who has.

Another challenge to recruiting young black people to be police officers, Ross said, is the fact that they simply do not see many cops who look like them, especially in high-ranking positions.

“The citizens do not see many black or Hispanic officers on the street. When you go up the chain, you don’t have many blacks in supervisory positions,” Ross said. “As a 20-year-old, do I take the chance going into a profession where I can be stuck on the street, because there’s no black chiefs, no black captains? Where’s my opportunity? Where do I fit?”

Outside the funeral for Logan on Saturday at Power in Praise Crusade Ministries, one of the people in attendance wasn’t sure how the city could boost its recruiting efforts. He also wasn’t sure any efforts could help much.

“There’s a big bridge of distrust,” said Alvin Brook, 40, of South Bend. “I’m worried whether that bridge can be repaired.”

Lynn Coleman, a retired South Bend police officer and former assistant to Mayor Steve Luecke, also stopped to pay his respects to the Logan family. He remembers actively looking for young people to recruit while he was a cop. The responsibility must be shared by residents, who can encourage young people to consider a career in law enforcement, Coleman said.

“It has to be a comprehensive, intentional effort to hire minority police officers,” he said. “We have to start early and make sure we get them engaged early.”

New approaches
One new approach to boost hiring, mentioned briefly by Ruszkowski during last week’s town hall meeting, could be to steer promising high school graduates toward jobs at the county jail, as a springboard to a police career.

St. Joseph County Sheriff Bill Redman confirmed he has discussed the idea with city officials, including Ruszkowski and Brooks.

The plan would call for school resource officers at local high schools to identify promising students who do not plan on going to college. Those graduating students would be referred for jobs at the jail, where, under current policy, 18-year-olds can serve as corrections officers.

After three years, those employees could have the experience to become top candidates for jobs as sheriff’s deputies or in a city police department.

“Our goal would be to retain those individuals at the county police department, but if they were to go next door (to a city police force), I would count that as a successful program,” Redman said. “I wouldn’t have a problem with it, if it were to help with minority recruiting.”

Redman said 109 of the county’s 116 current police officers started out working in the jail. But he said openings for sworn merit officers in the sheriff’s department may become scarcer in the coming years because the county police force is relatively young and likely to see fewer retirements. That could increase the chances of jail officers transferring to the South Bend Police Department.

Redman said he and city officials have discussed the idea for several months but the plan is still in its early stages. Some details remain unclear, such as whether a police department could make any sort of guarantee to consider the jail employees for jobs as sworn officers once they turn 21.

Some police forces, such as the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, have managed to make some headway in minority staffing. The IMPD has seen a modest increase of about 1 percentage point each among black and Hispanic officers since 2014.

Lt. Ida Williams, an IMPD recruiting officer, said the department has analyzed its hiring process in an effort to remove unintentional obstacles to minority applicants. Last year, the department rolled out a 35-member diversity task force, which includes local business and religious leaders, to develop a strategic plan.

In South Bend, Ross, the retired lieutenant, suggested expanding the department’s cadet program, perhaps to six or eight positions, to put more high school graduates on track to become cops. He also said he liked the idea of a committee, with members drawn from both inside and outside the department, to brainstorm recruitment ideas.

If young minorities in South Bend are frustrated with the lack of representation on the police force, Ross said, they ought to consider helping from the inside.

“What better way to give back to your community than stay here or come back and serve your parents, grandparents, cousins,” he said. “You live in this community. You play, work, go to school in this community. Why not help build this community?” 574-235-6480 ... p2GZloI-d0


PostPosted: Thu Jul 04, 2019 8:35 pm
by Happy Mom
Pete Buttigieg rebuked a man in Iowa who said 'tell the black people of South Bend to stop committing crime and doing drugs'
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Democratic presidential candidate South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at the Carroll County Democrats Fourth of July Barbecue, Thursday, July 4, 2019, in Carroll, Iowa. Associated Press/Charlie Niebergall
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg shut down a man at an event in Iowa, after the man suggested he "tell the black people of South Bend to stop committing crime and doing drugs."
Buttigieg has been caught in a roiling controversy in South Bend over the recent fatal shooting of Eric Logan, a black man, at the hands of a police officer.
"Sir, I think that racism is not going to help us get out of this," Buttigieg responded, before explaining that black people are disproportionately incarcerated for crimes white people commit as well.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, rebuffed a man at an Iowa campaign event who used crude racial stereotypes to propose a solution for the racial tensions plaguing Buttigieg's hometown.

Buttigieg has been caught in a roiling controversy in South Bend over the recent police shooting of Eric Logan, a black man, and whether Buttigieg has adequately handled issues of racial bias and excessive force in his police department.

Authorities have said that Logan wielded a large knife when confronted by the officer. But the officer who killed Logan, Sgt. Ryan O'Neill, did not have his body camera turned on at the time.

At the Carroll County Democratic Party barbecue in Iowa on Thursday, the man who spoke to Buttigieg appeared to weigh in on the issue by blaming South Bend's African-American population.

"I have a solution for you, and I'd like you to make a comment on my proposal," the man began. "Just tell the black people of South Bend to stop committing crime and doing drugs."

The remark prompted a few chuckles before he was drowned out by loud boos.

"Sir, I think that racism is not going to help us get out of this," Buttigieg responded.

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Man tells @PeteButtigieg he has a solution to the South Bend issues: just tell black people to stop committing crimes. Buttigieg: “Racism is not going to help.”

Buttigieg’s full response:

"No no no, just stop committing crimes. It has nothing to do with race," the man said.

Buttigieg shut down the man by explaining that black residents are far more likely to be arrested, prosecuted, and punished than their white counterparts who commit the same crimes.

"The fact that a black person is four times as likely as a white person to be incarcerated for the exact same crime is evidence of systemic racism. It is evidence of systemic racism," he said. "With all due respect, sir, racism makes it harder for good police officers to do their jobs too. It is a smear on law enforcement."

Democratic presidential candidate South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg speaks at the Carroll County Democrats Fourth of July Barbecue, Thursday, July 4, 2019, in Carroll, Iowa. Associated Press/Charlie Niebergall
Buttigieg was likely referring to the commonly cited statistic that black people are 3.73 times more likely than white people to be arrested for marijuana offenses — despite usage rates being roughly equal among both races.

African-Americans are also 5.9 times as likely to be incarcerated as white people, and are disproportionately more likely to be arrested, convicted, and sentenced to lengthy prison terms, according to The Sentencing Project.

The man who asked Buttigieg the question was identified by media outlets as Dave Begley, who writes for a conservative blog and was not a member of the Carroll County Democratic Party, according to Politico.

Begley told reporters he didn't like Buttigieg's response, and that he didn't believe his comment was racist.

"I just urged him in order to resolve the racial controversy in South Bend, is to urge the blacks in South Bend to obey the law so they're not going to have confrontations with the police, and he dismissed me as a racist which I resented and he knows he's wrong," Begley said.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2019 3:39 pm
by Buck Wheat
Marrying a Caucasian queer is racist, Pete. Why didn't you wed an African American turd pusher?



PostPosted: Fri Jul 05, 2019 7:22 pm
by bubblyone
Call me crazy, but why is the word racist involved in this conversation? A man is breaking into cars, someone calls 911, the police respond, a man is seen inside a car, the popo pull up, the police ask the person (still inside the car I presume) if is their car. The thief (let’s call it what it us...nobody has said it was his car) gets out of the car, with a purse and a knife, raises the knife, popo says stop, put the knife down, the thief does not comply, popo shoots. What is racist about this scenario? I think it is a case of right and wrong...but that’s just my interpretation I suppose.
Happy to report I have made my donation to Sgt O’Neill’s fund. Every time I hear the idiot Pete on tv, I am going to double back and make another donation.
Pete is the kid without a plan. He had no plan for the city...just ask his neighborhood. He can’t stand criticism, can’t stand free speech, is vindictive and is the most arrogant twirp this city has seen. I will grant you he speaks well, and is educated, this does not make presidential material. Voter beware.