Democratic presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg. Photo: Sean Rayford/Getty Images

The South Bend, Indiana, police union said Monday Mayor Pete Buttigieg has made decisions on the city's officer-involved shooting "solely for his political gain."

Details: The South Bend Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #36 accused the Democratic presidential candidate in a statement of "driving a wedge between law enforcement officers and the community" after it was announced a special prosecutor was requested to probe the fatal shooting of Eric Logan, a 54-year-old black man, by a white police officer, per AP.

Why it matters: The case is seen by many as a test of Buttigieg's leadership skills. Buttigieg took time off the 2020 campaign trail to deal with the fallout from the June 16 shooting, as his campaign was soaring. 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."

The big picture: Buttigieg said at a town hall Sunday 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.

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Biden releases 2019 tax returns ahead of debate

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Joe Biden's campaign released his 2019 tax returns on Tuesday, showing that he and his wife, Jill, paid nearly $300,000 in federal taxes last year.

Why it matters: The release, timed just hours before the first presidential debate, comes days after a bombshell New York Times report said that President Trump paid only $750 in federal taxes in 2016 and 2017. Biden's team is hoping to make the tax contrast a sticking point during their showdown.

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NYC's coronavirus positivity rate spikes to highest since June

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. Photo: Noam Galai/Getty Images

New York City's coronavirus positivity rate has ticked up to 3.25%, its highest since June, Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference on Tuesday.

Why it matters: The jump — from 1.93% on Monday — came on the first day that public elementary classrooms reopened in the city after months of closures, but guidelines state that all public schools will have to shut if the citywide seven-day positivity rate stays above 3%.

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