NewsPublic Affairs / June 25, 2019

Special Prosecutor Requested For South Bend Police Shooting

Special Prosecutor Requested For South Bend Police ShootingSt. Joseph County Prosecutor Ken Cotter filed paperwork asking for the appointment of a special prosecutor. Circuit Court Judge John Broden has granted that request, but has not yet assigned a prosecutor.South Bend, St. Joseph County, Eric Logan, Pete Buttigieg2019-06-25T00:00:00-04:00
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Special Prosecutor Requested For South Bend Police Shooting

St. Joseph County Prosecutor Ken Cotter filed paperwork asking for the appointment of a special prosecutor. Circuit Court Judge John Broden has granted that request, but has not yet assigned a prosecutor.

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South Bend community groups have been asking for an independent review after a white police officer shot and killed 53-year-old Eric Logan. A special prosecutor has now been requested to review the case.

St. Joseph County Prosecutor Ken Cotter filed paperwork asking for the appointment of a special prosecutor. Circuit Court Judge John Broden has granted that request, but has not yet assigned a prosecutor.

In his filing Cotter wrote he wished “to avoid any appearance of impropriety, conflict of interest, or influence” on the decisions made. 

Mayor Pete Buttigieg said in a statement he respects and supports Cotter’s request and that it’s vital that the case be “fair, thorough, and impartial.”  He also addressed this during a chaotic town hall Sunday evening.

“Those investigations have to be impartial and just and transparent,” Buttigieg says. “I will do nothing to prejudice them. I will say that we will deal with the findings when they come.”

A spokesperson for the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council says the judge can pick from their list of senior prosecutors or select any county prosecutor or special deputy to lead the investigation.

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