Democratic presidential hopeful Mayor Pete Buttigieg may have had his interview scrapped recently by an audio media company after his appearance on a popular country music show, but he was given wide range during an appearance at the Amsterdam News, though he might have been tempted to run for cover.

After a warm greeting and a brief introduction by Elinor Tatum, the paper’s publisher and editor-in-chief last week, Buttigieg delivered his opening remarks and during the question and answer phase was immediately besieged by a round of hard-hitting concerns, mainly about his handling of the killing of a Black man by a white police officer in his town of South Bend, Indiana.

“I am very disappointed by the way you handled the town hall meeting,” said Lloyd Williams, president and CEO of the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce. “It appeared that you were very dismissive on many of the issues that were being presented.”

“Two of the people who were very passionate at the Town Hall meeting later met with me at my office and we discussed how we could do a better job, not only around policing but housing and other things,” the mayor responded. “There are a lot of different ways that their voices are heard.”

David Banks, president and CEO of the Eagle Academy, asked Mayor Buttigieg what separated him from the other candidates. “All of you seem to be on the same page on issues, but what separates you and how do you plan to beat Donald Trump who—if you are the nominee—will call you ‘Little Pete.’ How are you going to beat a bully?”

This was a question the mayor had heard before and it was a familiar answer about how he would treat Trump like a crazy uncle. “He’s not going to admit he’s a racist and he’s not going to talk about policy, so we move on and change the subject,” Buttigieg said. And one of the subjects he said he would stress would be that his generation is the first generation to make less than the previous one.

But the heat was back on when activist Tamika Mallory asked him, following up on a concern raised by Williams, why he didn’t fire the police officer who had violated someone’s civil rights since he had the power to do so, with some inference to the current situation here in New York City now shrouding Mayor de Blasio on the Eric Garner tragedy.

Again, this was a question that the mayor has been hit with repeatedly and his answer has rarely veered from citing procedure, process, investigation, and a need to change policy. “But let me say that any officer with racist tendencies needs to be fired,” he concluded.

Those interested in further coverage of the event can tune in to public access cable network either later this week or next.