Buttigieg Acknowledges ‘Struggle’ With Racial Inequality In South Bend
Buttigieg acknowledges ‘struggle’ with racial inequality in South Bend police force, calling it a ‘national challenge’.
Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg acknowledged in an interview that aired early Saturday, nearly five months after the deadly police shooting of a black man in South Bend, Ind., that he’s had “a real struggle” with racial inequality on the force during his time as the city’s mayor.
“We’ve had a real struggle with that during my time as mayor,” Buttigieg told NPR host Scott Simon and two undecided voters from his hometown on Wednesday. “But not only South Bend. It’s really a national challenge.”
Buttigieg recognized criticism he’s faced for the South Bend Police Department’s disproportionately white force despite the fact that African Americans make up more than 25 percent of the city’s population, NPR noted.
“These relationships are important, I think not only from the perspective of racial justice [but also] from the perspective of public safety itself,” he said.