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South Bend police to get body camera upgrades after shooting

Demonstrators outside of the South Bend Police Station protest the shooting death of Eric Logan after his funeral on June 29, 2019, in South Bend, Indiana. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana city where Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is mayor is updating its police officers’ body camera technology following the recent fatal police shooting of a black man.

South Bend Police Sgt. Ryan O’ Neill fatally shot Eric Logan on June 16, but the incident wasn’t captured on video because his body camera wasn’t activated. The shooting sparked protests, prompting Buttigieg to leave the campaign trail for several days to answer questions about public safety and race.

O’Neill resigned from the department this week.

The South Bend Tribune reports that the technology upgrades will mean officers’ body cameras can be activated manually or automatically when a squad car door is opened. And soon, sensors will activate the cameras when an officer’s gun is drawn from the holster.