SOUTH BEND – For the first time, we are hearing from South Bend's mayor about an allegation that the demotion of the city's police chief was racially motivated.
In a letter threatening to sue the city, former Police Chief Darryl Boykins' attorney Tom Dixon made the allegation. His tort claim notice also says that since taking office six months ago, Mayor Pete Buttigieg has demoted or gotten rid of the three highest ranking black employees in the city.
Thursday, WSBT asked Mayor Buttigieg about the allegation. Here’s what he said:
“Well of course, that allegation is untrue. As far as threatened litigation, I can't get into details, because I need to let that work through the legal process. But I strongly disagree, and I understand that's part of some strategy, but a very unfair thing to say. In not so many words, he did kind of call you a racist. And I’m really upset about that, but I need to allow this to work through the legal process.”