As presidential hopeful, and South Bend Mayor, Pete Buttigieg gains national attention, the impact of his failures back at home are beginning to truly manifest. In South Bend, Buttigieg has somehow managed to receive universal hatred from his handling of the police shooting of a black man, Eric Logan.
The shooting took place on June 16th, 2019, when Sgt. Ryan O’Neill was investigating car break-ins and encountered Eric Logan. O’Neill claims that Logan had a knife and refused to drop it when asked repeatedly, but O’Neill was wearing a body-cam and did not have it turned on at the time, which obviously is suspicious. Logan’s family claims he would never have threatened a police officer and that he does not have a violent criminal history. It is impossible to know what truly happened that night, but Buttigieg’s incredible indecisiveness in the handling of the event has upset protesters and crushed police morale.
“Morale around here has been terrible. We do nothing,” one police officer told Fox News. “We call ourselves firemen, we sit around in parking lots until we’re called and then we go to the call, because if you say or do something wrong, then you get hung.”
Apparently, many officers are planning on retiring from the force, causing a “mass exodus.” Another officer told Fox News, “It’s very discouraging that something I’ve always wanted to do, that God called me to do, that I’m questioning that and wondering, thinking about not being a police officer strictly because of politics and things that are going on that are completely out of my control.”
This is not a surprise; bad leadership has bad consequences. I learned a long time ago there is a huge difference between great leaders and people who just want to be great leaders. Leaders produce results, wannabes produce no results at all and usually make things way worse. Buttigieg’s indecisiveness illustrates how weak of a leader he is. The destruction of morale is amplified by the increased tension between the citizenry and the police. The protesters feel like justice is not being served, which upsets them more, and the police feel like they do not have support from their mayor. If Buttigieg sided with either side then the city could move on, until then the city will be stuck in a cycle of increasing tensions between the citizenry and the police.