Criminal Justice & Policing

Cuyahoga grand jury declines to charge officer in January shooting

BY: - October 25, 2021

East Cleveland police officer Larry McDonald will not face charges in the January shooting that left Vincent Belmonte dead. Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced the Cuyahoga County grand jury’s decision Friday. The incident stems from a traffic stop on the morning of Jan. 5, this year. McDonald was on traffic patrol, training fellow officer […]

‘Aisha’s Law’ on domestic violence passed out of committee

BY: - October 25, 2021

A proposed law named for a Shaker Heights woman who lost her life to domestic violence was approved by a House committee on Thursday. Aisha’s Law was passed out of the House Criminal Justice Committee after receiving even more testimony on its importance, and despite arguments against it by a criminal defense association. The bill […]

Ohio’s prison workforce is 28% vaccinated, per state data; lowest rate among all state agencies

BY: - October 22, 2021

Ohio’s prison authority, the largest government agency in the state tasked with overseeing the 43,000 inmates in its custody, is the least vaccinated entity in Ohio’s government, according to state data based on employee-submitted records. About 28% of employees within the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction are vaccinated against COVID-19 and have submitted proof […]

Armed teachers bill returns after summer break with changes

BY: - October 22, 2021

A new version of a bill to allow personnel to be armed in schools has returned to the Ohio legislature, this time with slight changes that could give school districts more control. House Bill 99 was quickly presented in Thursday’s Ohio House Criminal Justice Committee, only to have a few provisions in the bill changed […]

Dayton incident with paraplegic man shines light on state, local police reform efforts

BY: - October 19, 2021

During a traffic stop, late last month, Dayton police officers pulled Clifford Owensby from his car by the hair. Owensby, who is paraplegic, repeatedly told the officers he could not get out of the car, that he wanted them to call a supervisor, that they could hurt him by pulling him from the vehicle. They […]

In officer’s ‘false’ rape case, prosecutors want previous allegations against suspect withheld

BY: - October 12, 2021

A former Put-In-Bay police officer could face up to 18 months in prison after she was accused last summer of submitting a false accusation of rape against a “volunteer” police officer. Last week, a special prosecutor with the office of the Ohio Attorney General asked a judge to exclude evidence from the trial showing the […]