Buttigieg backs black leaders after South Bend event disrupted

A protester , center, is led out after grabbing the microphone during a gathering of community leaders to discuss Mayor Pete Buttigieg's work Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 at the Charles Martin Center in South Bend, Indiana.(Michael Caterina/South Bend Tribune via AP)

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg is applauding African American leaders for “speaking their truth” after a protester disrupted an event in South Bend, Indiana.

According to the South Bend Tribune, a man dressed in a T-shirt that said “Black Lives Matter South Bend” seized the microphone briefly at a Wednesday event led by African American leaders to dispute the notion that the white mayor struggles with support from the black community in South Bend.

The protester shouted, “Who chose these people as black leaders?”and then took the microphone and chanted, “This is a farce.”