South Bend, Ind. South Bend's mayor requested a special meeting with the Board of Public Safety Wednesday to discuss the findings of an investigation of the city's police chief.
At a Council Meeting earlier this year, a resident accused Ron Teachman of failing to back up another officer when a fight broke out at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center.
The council sent the complaint to the Board of Public Safety, who asked the Indiana State Police to investigate. Their investigation recently wrapped up and now it's up to the mayor to decide if Teachman should be disciplined.
Buttigieg says too often in local politics, issues like the one concerning Teachman are blown out of proportion.
“There is always going to be some folks out there who want to take a mole hill and turn it into a mountain,” says South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg. “The police department is an especially controversial one. And there are a lot of people who really want to go back to the old way of doing things in the police department. Despite any distractions that may pop up, that's not going to stop us from moving forward with the department.”
The mayor will meet with the board during an Executive Session Wednesday morning. The council has requested a copy of the Indiana State Police report on Teachman, but Buttigieg says the city does not release records regarding personnel.