Officer-involved shootings

Pete Buttigieg on South Bend police diversity: "I couldn't get it done"

Mayor Pete Buttigieg responded to the fatal shooting in South Bend of a black man by a white police officer — the biggest crisis of his candidacy to date — at Thursday's Democratic debate.

What he's saying: When asked why South Bend's police force has not caught up to the racial demographic of its city — its police force is 6% black in a city that is 26% black — Buttigieg responded, "because I couldn't get it done."

Mayor Pete's crisis moment

Pete Buttigieg
Pete Buttigieg. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The anger and sadness that greeted Mayor Pete Buttigieg back home yesterday — during a town hall to address a white police officer shooting a 54-year-old black man, Eric Jack Logan — was a nightmare scenario.

Why it matters: "It’s one of those crisis moments that pops up in a campaign that you can’t really anticipate," said Democratic strategist Doug Thornell. "He’s running in many ways by touting his executive experience, so this will put it to a big test. ... But what matters now is what does he do over the next few days, over the next week?"