Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg faced a swipe from Sen. (D-Mass.) on Friday night over his record on addressing racial disparities in his city’s criminal justice system.
Debate moderator Linsey Davis confronted Buttigieg with the statistic that, while he was mayor, a Black man in South Bend was four times more likely than a white resident to be arrested for marijuana possession ― a greater disparity than seen either statewide or nationwide, and one that increased after he took office.
“The reality is, on my watch, drug arrests in South Bend were lower than the national average, and specifically to marijuana, lower than in Indiana,” Buttigieg said. “But there is no question that systemic racism has penetrated to