Secret Tapes Linger Over Presidential Candidate's Meteoric Rise

  • 2019-04-15
  • Source: AAN
  • by: AAN Staff
Secret Tapes Linger Over Presidential Candidate's Meteoric Rise
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Pete Buttigieg's rise to the top-tier of Democratic presidential candidates is at risk as a renewed spotlight focuses on his time as South Bend, Indiana's mayor – especially his demotion of a black police chief. 

The Hill's Jonathan Easley reports:
 

An Indiana judge will rule soon on whether to release five cassette tapes of secretly recorded conversations between South Bend police officers that led to the 2012 demotion of Police Chief Darryl Boykins, the city’s first ever black police chief.

The South Bend City Council subpoenaed Buttigieg to win release of the tapes, which were at the center of a police department shake-up and a series of lawsuits.
 
Buttigieg’s critics say he’s gone to great lengths to conceal the contents of the tapes, which some believe could include racist language by white police officers. 
 
There is roiling anger in South Bend over the allegations of racism. Black leaders in the city say that if there is evidence of racism, it could call into question scores of convictions that stemmed from white police officers investigating black suspects in a city that is 25 percent black.


The decision to release the tapes resides with St. Joseph County Superior Court Judge Steve Hostetler. If made public, their contents would immediately receive national attention.
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