South Bend Police to Buttigieg: We Want Apologies, Not Pizza

'We ask that instead of delivering pizzas, the mayor deliver some respect for what police do'

The South Bend Fraternal Order of Police is calling Mayor Pete Buttigieg to apologize for "calling police racist," saying that the 12 boxes of pizza he sent on July 5 are not enough to heal the wound.

Buttigieg Town Hall Becomes Heated Over Police Shooting

Attendee To Buttigieg: 'You gotta get back to South Carolina like you was yesterday?'

A Sunday town hall featuring South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg involved several heated audience outbursts over the recent police shooting of an African-American man, leaving the presidential hopeful facing questions over his handling of racial tensions in his community.

Mayor Pete’s Police Chief Pick Clashed With Common Council

Buttigieg doubled down when officials and officers called for chief’s resignation

It was the winter of 2012, and Mayor Pete Buttigieg was having trouble with his police department. When he took office as the youngest-ever mayor of South Bend, Ind., at the beginning of the year, Buttigieg vowed to transform the rust belt city with "data-driven decision making." But so far, his biggest splash has been a racially charged battle over his firing of the popular black police chief Darryl Boykins. That scandal, coupled with an ongoing gun violence plague, led Buttigieg to decide he needed to search outside South Bend for a chief to permanently replace Boykins and "modernize the police department."