Multiple prayer vigils and a march were held this weekend in South Bend after state investigators decided not to seek charges against a white cop who shot a black man last June. In the aftermath, community leaders and family members say they’re shocked and still left with questions.
Special prosecutor Ric Hertel says the state can’t prove “beyond a reasonable doubt” that former Sgt. Ryan O’Neill was not justified in killing Eric Logan. The officer did not have his body camera on at the time. A separate investigation resulted in felony charges against the officer for soliciting a prostitute a month before the shooting. Some feel that should invalidate the officer’s testimony about the details of the shooting.
High school student Dion Payne-Miller participated in a march organized by Faith In Indiana on Saturday. Among other things, they want South Bend Mayor James Mueller to make the police department adopt a stringent discipline policy for officers within 60 days.