Civil Rights

Police organization slams Ohio AG over training cuts

BY: - June 8, 2020

Protests have consumed U.S. cities since a black man died May 25 after Minneapolis police knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes. And brutal police conduct in the ensuing protests have raised further questions about the training American officers receive before they’re given a gun, a badge and sweeping power over people. Gov. Mike […]

DeWine won’t ‘critique’ handling of D.C. protests, but has sent Ohio National Guardsmen there

BY: - June 5, 2020

Ohio earlier this week sent 100 members of the National Guard to serve under President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., where they’re likely to play a role in policing protests. But Gov. Mike DeWine on Friday said he “didn’t know all the facts” about a federal law-enforcement action there on Monday that has drawn international […]

Senators urge support of racism public health crisis resolution

BY: - June 4, 2020

Three Ohio senators took time in between bill consideration to speak on the weekend’s protests and push forward consideration of a bill to make racism a public health crisis. One of the sponsors of a senate concurrent resolution to declare the public health crisis stood up to ask for help from her fellow senators. “We […]

Pandemic strains emergency responders with more disasters on horizon

BY: - June 4, 2020

Federal officials have more money than ever to respond to disasters, but some worry their focus on the pandemic could hamstring efforts to recover from other catastrophes. Congressional Democrats and health experts have warned in recent weeks that the Federal Emergency Management Administration’s pandemic response could come at the cost of its response to tornadoes, […]

DeWine wants to help minorities and the poor, but he hasn’t always acted

BY: - June 3, 2020

As he deals with the twin challenges of civil unrest and a global pandemic, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine spoke passionately Tuesday about the need to address racial, economic and health disparities in Ohio. But while he listed a number of initiatives aimed at alleviating endemic problems in the black neighborhoods of Ohio cities and along […]

GOP Rep. on anti-racism resolution: I’m ‘darker’ than most black lawmakers

BY: - June 2, 2020

Members of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus are seeking to declare racism to be a public health crisis. In doing so in the Ohio General Assembly, it would mark the first statewide resolution of its kind. The effort mirrors those in Columbus, Cleveland and Franklin County in recent weeks.  It also comes as Ohio’s largest […]

Demonstrations, marches and clashes in Columbus in photos and video

BY: - June 2, 2020

Ohio Capital Journal staff have been out on the streets of Columbus over the weekend and into Monday, covering the protests and marches in Ohio’s capital city. Demonstrations across Ohio come in response to the death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed during a stop from the Minneapolis police this week. Video […]

Ohio House Dem Leader: ‘Willful ignorance’ only reason for lack of action on racism

BY: - June 2, 2020

The Ohio House Minority Leader says it is up to white people to address the societies and legislation that they built to be discriminatory. On day five of protests surrounding the Ohio Statehouse, Minority Leader Emilia Strong Sykes said the state’s government needs to “lead the nation” in passing a resolution declaring racism a public […]

Civil rights groups urge Congress to combat police brutality

BY: - June 2, 2020

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of civil rights organizations urged U.S. congressional leaders to quickly pass legislation to address police killings of black people in the wake of a series of recent deaths that have ignited protests around the country. “In recent weeks, the chronic structural issue of police killings against Black people across our country has, […]

‘People of color want freedom … from infection, freedom from death’

BY: - June 2, 2020

WASHINGTON — The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately harmed communities of color, laying bare the systemic racial disparities across the United States, experts have told lawmakers across the country. Early evidence suggests there are elevated rates of infection and death from COVID-19 in African American populations and other communities of color. Nationwide, Black Americans are dying […]

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Columbus street protest

Yearning to breathe free, or just to breathe

BY: - June 2, 2020

Millions of Americans, it seems, feel as if they can no longer breathe. Through the first months of 2020, the novel coronavirus has choked the life from more than 100,000 of our countrymen and women. Disease-related shutdowns have choked 40 million more out of the workforce, changing the economic outlook for many — especially minorities […]

DeWine calls in Ohio National Guard to help with protests in Columbus, Cleveland while mayors invoke curfews

BY: - May 30, 2020

After a third day of protests filled the downtown Columbus streets, Gov. Mike DeWine deployed the Ohio National Guard as mayors across Ohio declared curfews Saturday night, with some establishing them for Sunday and Monday as well. DeWine also called in the National Guard for assistance in Cleveland. In a press conference Saturday, DeWine said […]