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Police investigate hidden camera found in women's dressing room of South Bend fire station

Police investigate hidden camera found in women's dressing room of South Bend fire station

veritasplum

This is obviously not the first recent scandal with regard to local police and fire. Is it just me or does the current city administration have an "ignore and hope it goes away" policy on many of the issues that start piling up? You can tell Mueller must not have any aspirations like Pete because he acts like he doesnt care.


say592

>You can tell Mueller must not have any aspirations like Pete because he acts like he doesnt care. Personally I think he just lacks an ounce of charisma. Im not going to act like he is doing the best job, but I dont think he is quite as bad as some people make him out to be. He is just horribly awkward in front of the camera and equally as bad communicating in general. Behind the scenes, it seems like things are getting done with only slightly less effectiveness than you would expect for a city of our size. Not great, but not the trainwreck people make him out to be. I personally hope he doesnt decide to seek reelection. He should take his position and use it to personally select a successor and line himself up a nice high level job somewhere.


DrunklrishCatholic

If he didn’t have Pete backing him he would have been slaughtered in the race. I hope he doesn’t seek re-election, but who knows what candidate will come forward.


say592

I agree. Independent of his qualifications or ability to do the job, he just lacks the confidence and charisma needed to be a successful politician. He could have been the second coming of Pete (he definitely isnt), and would have still failed miserably without Pete's endorsement. All that being said, I still dont think he is terrible. Like I said above, a bit mediocre, maybe a bit less effective than you would expect, but hes not a *bad* mayor. We could just be served better by someone else. There are still plenty of people who could primary him that would push me to vote for him again.


rustbeltliving

I also think judging any mayor who came in literally four weeks before global pandemic hit is a little odd. Especially considering South Bend weathered it decently well. A lot of the good things that were going for South Bend are still going now, which wasn't really a guarantee when the pandemic hit.


say592

Very good point. It's been kind of an interesting year, and even though it feels like a decade Mueller hasn't been on the job all that long.


rustbeltliving

The city actually accomplished a lot of long term community requests this past year but bc publicity isn't really Mueller's thing it kind of got missed. - community review board for the police - new use of force policy -25 million dollar initiative focused on repairing neighborhood streets -zoning reforms like getting rid of parking minimums etc. People have been asking for reforms to police, money on basic road Repair, and lowering the regulatory burden of development forever. Mueller did those things (or at least didn't get in there way) but again not that much of a publicity hog.


veritasplum

>He should take his position and use it to personally select a successor I am not sure how he could pull that off honestly. No one seems to really respect him near enough for that. In fact, its not too common to see that happen unless you have a super popular person like Mayor Pete.


say592

I think it would happen more behind the scenes. Having help from the incumbent is a huge leg up in making sure you know and understand the current issues and can talk intelligently about them, as well as talking to the right people. Publicly, yeah, I dont think an endorsement would mean much, but privately if he is saying "This should be our person" that may have some weight. I dont know how much the city "establishment" really values his opinion though, maybe it really doesnt mean much.


poulw

Mueller says the incident is "deeply disturbing and merits a full investigation". Whew, I was worried his response might appear weak and show bureaucratic ineffectiveness.


DiomedesTydeus

I feel like you're being sarcastic here (although sarcasm translates famously poorly on reddit, so I might be misunderstanding you). I'm quite supportive of an investigation, let's find the people responsible and hold them accountable. I also agree it's disturbing, peeping on your fellow workers makes the betray that much worse. ​ So what are you criticizing here? Or what do you disagree with? Let's let them investigate and prosecute. The old quote "The wheels of justice turn slowly, but grind exceedingly fine."


poulw

yes I was totally being sarcastic and completely agree the pervert(s) need to be found, fired, and prosecuted. I think Mueller has mastered the art of public hand-wringing and press releases expressing vague concern. He's not a transformational leader. He seems more like a Steve Luecke and that is not a good comparison IMO.


carnell73

I’m sure the “investigation” will include a lot of rewinding, pauses and screenshots.


therottenfruit

There’s a common theme here about people not knowing about where he stands with such issues (I.E. “I didn’t know how he was going to respond) /because communication is super freakin’ important/ when you take this position. I’ve personally had no real idea as to what he’s been doing throughout his time as mayor. Not really at all.