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South Bend Mayor releases statement on Saturday's protests

Protestors make their way to the County City Building on Saturday

SOUTH BEND, Ind.-- South Bend Mayor James Mueller on Saturday released a statement regarding the protests that took place in the city.

The protests were held to demand justice for George Floyd, who died while in police custody in Minneapolis. 

In his statement, Mueller referenced the death of Eric Logan, who was fatally shot in June 2019 by a South Bend Police officer. 

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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