July 15, 2019

Police Officer In South Bend Shooting Case Resigns

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Police Officer In South Bend Shooting Case Resigns - Courtesy South Bend Police Department

Police Officer In South Bend Shooting Case Resigns

Courtesy South Bend Police Department

Monday afternoon, the South Bend Fraternal Order of Police announced the resignation of the white South Bend police officer who shot and killed a black man a month ago. 

In a statement, FOP local president Harvey Mills wrote that the stress of a pending lawsuit, national media attention, and social media have been difficult for Sgt. Ryan O’Neill and his family.

“These fights are just too much for Sgt. O’Neill and his family to undertake right now,” Mills concluded.

South Bend Police Chief Scott Ruszkowski confirmed that O’Neill has resigned "effective immediately." 

Activists who had called for O’Neill to leave the force welcomed the news saying it was an important step in the healing of the South Bend community.

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