Pete Buttigieg in June Democratic candidates debate in Miami FL


On Crime: Move policing out from the shadow of systemic racism

Q: Your community has recently been in uproar over an officer-involved shooting. The police force in South Bend is now 6% black in a city that is 26% black. Why has that not improved over your two terms as mayor?

BUTTIGIEG: Because I couldn't get it done. My community is in anguish right now because of an officer-involved shooting, a black man, Eric Logan, killed by a white officer. And I'm not allowed to take sides until the investigation comes back. It's a mess. And we're hurting. And until we move policing out from the shadow of systemic racism, whatever this particular incident teaches us, we will be left with the bigger problem of the fact that there is a wall of mistrust put up one racist act at a time, not just from what's happened in the past, but from what's happening around the country in the present. I am determined to bring about a day when a white person driving a vehicle and a black person driving a vehicle, when they see a police officer approaching, feels the exact same thing.

Source: June Democratic Primary debate (second night in Miami) Jun 27, 2019

On Crime: I believe in police accountability and will implement it

Gov. John HICKENLOOPER [former mayor of Denver, regarding a shooting in Buttigieg's town by a white police officer of a black man, where the police body camera was not turned on]: We had a shooting when I first became mayor, 10 years before Ferguson. And we diversified the police force and did de-escalation training. The real question that America should be asking is why, five years after Ferguson, every city doesn't have this level of police accountability.

BUTTIGIEG: Look, we have taken so many steps toward police accountability that [I've been] denounced for too much accountability. We're obviously not there yet, and I accept responsibility for that because I'm in charge.

Rep. Eric SWALWELL: If the camera wasn't on and that was the policy, you should fire the chief.

BUTTIGIEG: Under Indiana law, this will be investigated and there will be accountability for the officer involved.

SWALWELL: But you're the mayor. You should fire the chief--if that's the policy and someone died.

Source: June Democratic Primary debate (second night in Miami) Jun 27, 2019

On Education: Rich kids should pay tuition; but make it more affordable

College affordability is personal for us. Chasten and I have six-figure student debt. I believe in reducing student debt. If you can refinance your house, you ought to be able to refinance your student debt. I also believe in free college for low and middle-income students for whom cost could be a barrier. I just don't believe it makes sense to ask working-class families to subsidize the children of billionaires. The children of the wealthiest Americans can pay at least a little bit of tuition.
Source: June Democratic Primary debate (second night in Miami) Jun 27, 2019

The above quotations are from NBC News, "Decision 2020," the Democratic candidates debate,
live from the Adrienne Arsht Performing Arts Center in Miami, Florida, June 26-27, 2019..
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