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South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images

The family of a black man fatally shot by a white police officer in South Bend, Indiana, filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against the officer and the city, WSBT first reported.

Details: In the suit, the family of Eric Logan, 54, accuses Sgt. Ryan O'Neill of using excessive deadly force during the shooting, according to the South Bend Tribune. They allege Logan endured unlawful treatment because of his race, per the Tribune. Southbend Mayor Pete Buttigeig paused his 2020 campaign to deal with the fallout from the June 16 shooting, facing a tense town hall Sunday.

What they're saying: Police say Logan was armed with a knife and was breaking into cars when he was shot by O'Neill, per CNN. South Bend's police union accused Buttigeig of making decisions on the city's officer-involved shooting "solely for his political gain" for his Democratic presidential campaign.

The big picture: Buttigieg issued a direction for police officers to wear body cameras at all times after investigators found O'Neal's wasn't recording at the time of the shooting. A special prosecutor was requested to probe the fatal shooting.

  • Buttigeig said at the town hall he'd write to the Justice Department to request its civil rights division look into the shooting and notify the local prosecutor that he'd like to see the appointment of an independent investigator.

Why it matters: The case is seen by many as a test of Buttigieg's leadership skills. Some critics have suggested Buttigieg has a history of alienating minorities in South Bend. A June poll shows nearly half of African Americans surveyed don't know him.

  • Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio), the former chairperson of the Congressional Black Caucus, told The Daily Beast Monday, "Pete has a black problem. I don’t know of one black person out of Indiana that supports him."

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Chris Cuomo accuser: On-air "hypocrisy" spurred report

Journalist Chris Cuomo. Photo: Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images

A woman who accused fired CNN journalist Chris Cuomo of sexual misconduct said Sunday she decided to come forward after learning of his comments about women who made similar accusations about his brother. He denies her allegations.

Why it matters: Her attorney Debra Katz said in a statement that she heard "the hypocrisy" of his on-air words about his brother, former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and was "disgusted by his efforts to try to discredit these women," so "retained counsel to report his serious sexual misconduct against her to CNN."

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Omicron dashboard

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  1. Health: CDC director says number of U.S. Omicron cases "likely to rise" — Two years of COVID-19 — Prior coronavirus infections may not protect well against Omicron.
  2. Vaccines: Data demonstrates most-vaccinated counties less vulnerable to worst of COVID — Omicron adds urgency to vaccinating world — Omicron fuels the case for COVID boosters.
  3. Politics: Nevada to impose insurance surcharge on unvaccinated state workers — New Jersey GOP lawmakers defy statehouse COVID policy — Oklahoma sues Biden administration over Pentagon vaccine mandate.
  4. World: Vaccine mandates lose steam in the U.S. while Europe doubles downWHO: Delta health measures help fight Omicron — COVID cases surge in South Africa in sign Omicron wave is coming.
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Vulnerable Democrats: Less Trump talk

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Vulnerable House Democrats are convinced they need to talk less about the man who helped them get elected: President Trump.

Why it matters: Democrats are privately concerned nationalizing the 2022 mid-terms with emotionally-charged issues — from Critical Race Theory to Donald Trump's role in the Jan. 6 insurrection — will hamstring their ability to sell the local benefits of President Biden's Build Back Better agenda.