Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a 2020 Democratic hopeful, was heckled during a town hall meeting he convened on Sunday to address constituents concerns over rising tensions between the community and South Bend, Indiana Police Department.
The heckler called Buttigieg a ‘traitor’ during the live broadcast event, which was held exactly a week after a 54-year-old black man was shot and killed by a police officer in South Bend.
Others in the audience continuously interrupted Buttigieg as he spoke on stage, shouting rude comments and profanities the mayor’s way.
The officer involved in the incident did not turn on his body camera before the shooting took place, a move that has lead to even more controversy surrounding the incident.
Many have shown frustration toward Buttigieg for not taking immediate action, and have even gone as far to accuse him of siding with the police.
The government’s website says the event was meant to ‘outline the process for officer-involved shooting investigations and hearings before the Board of Public Safety.’
Buttigieg has temporarily halted all campaign-related appearances – missing high profile events in New York, Hollywood and South Carolina – to address the unrest in the town where he is mayor and speak with his constituents.
During the town hall, he called the fallout between the community and police department ‘very challenging.’
At 37-years-old, Buttigieg is the youngest candidate of the 24 running in the Democratic primary. He is also openly gay and has been married to his husband, Chasten, since June 2018.
Source: Daily Mail