Family of Eric Logan files lawsuit against officer, City of South Bend

Democratic Presidential candidate and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg addresses newly sworn police officers during a ceremony Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at the South Bend Police Department. Buttigieg is telling officers after a fatal police shooting that they must activate their body cameras during any interaction with civilians. (AP Photo/Sara Burnett)

The family of the 54-year-old black man fatally shot by a white officer is suing the officer and the city of South Bend and the officer who shot him.

Eric Logan’s relatives filed the lawsuit Wednesday in federal court. It accuses Sgt. Ryan O’Neill of using excessive deadly force when he shot Logan on June 16. The lawsuit also names the city of South Bend as a defendant but does not name Buttigieg.

Prosecutors say O’Neill was responding to a report of a person breaking into cars when he confronted Logan. O’Neill said he shot Logan after he refused orders to drop a knife. The shooting wasn’t recorded because O’Neill didn’t turn his body camera on.

A spokeswoman said the city doesn’t comment on pending lawsuits.


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