Another candidate joins the Democratic 2020 field and another scandal is revealed...
But for 2020 rising star Peter Buttigieg, this is one scandal that could derail his chances at the White House just as they’re beginning.
As first reported by The Hill, there’s questioning behind Peter Buttigieg’s quick rise to the top and now his time as mayor of South Bend, Indiana and several actions surrounding a racial scandal into question.
According to the report, an Indiana judge will soon decide whether to release five tapes that contain secretly recorded conversations between South Bend police officers that led to the unexpected demotion of Police Chief Darryl Boykins, as the city’s first ever black police chief.
The demotion and tapes came at a time in Buttigieg’s career where his critics claim there was strong evidence of racism in the city and allegations of corrupt police misconduct against the black community. And they also claim that the 2020 hopeful is going to great lengths to keep from those recorded conversations going public.
In 2014, Buttigieg met with members of Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH coalition where they insisted the mayor open a federal investigation into allegations of police misconduct.
Karen White, a Democratic black city councilwoman stated, “There’s a level of frustration... We want this issue to be brought to closure to ensure this issue does not polarize our community further. We have the right to know [what’s on the tapes], as do our citizens.”
In return, Buttigieg’s pals claim he’s simply avoided the tapes being made public in case of any wiretapping laws.
However, according to The Hill, at this point the case sits with St. Joseph County Superior Court Judge Steve Hostetler, who will decide on the matter within the next few weeks.
But as a White House hopeful, this doesn’t look good for Buttigieg.
Peter Buttigieg, 37 year old Democratic mayor, Harvard graduate, Rhodes Scholar and military veteran is going to have a tough time convincing his own city that there indeed was no misconduct without those tapes being released.
And that’s a big “IF”... there isn’t any incriminating information on the tapes, which we can only imagine there will be if people are fighting them being made public.