South Bend Mayor James Mueller issues statement about the right to protest

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Two separate protests in South Bend on Saturday, May 30, attracted hundreds of people.

Unlike many other protests across the nation, including in Fort Wayne and Indianapolis, the two South Bend protests were peaceful.

Demonstrators in the latest protest, Saturday night, marched from the County-City Building to the South Bend Police Department to, not only mourn the protest the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but also the death of Eric Logan, who was shot and killed by a South Bend Police officer in June of 2019.

South Bend Mayor James Mueller released the following statement:

“As demonstrations unfold across the nation and here at home against the injustice of George Floyd’s death, it’s important for us to remember that the right to protest and express ourselves through free speech are foundations of our democracy.

I hear the anger and empathize with those who face systemic injustice. Our community is understandably in pain and in search of answers. I will continue to push for more information about the death of Eric Logan.

Frustration has compounded over time with change moving too slowly, particularly for our communities of color. Systemic change is not easy.

In a democratic society like ours it requires changing hearts and minds.We can’t decide what happens in other cities, but we can come together in South Bend and make our city a fairer and more just home for us all.

We can listen openly to our neighbors with different experiences and viewpoints and engage each other through the lens of our common humanity.Reforming our public safety systems remains a top priority of my administration.

To be successful, this will have to be an inclusive process. Change won’t happen overnight, but I’m confident we can overcome whatever challenges we face together.”

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