Police reform

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 […]

GOP state senator urges support of police, opposes defunding

BY: - July 14, 2020

A Republican legislator wants the legislature to stand up for police budgets, while also condemning excessive force done by “the slimmest margins” of police officers around the state. In a resolution offered recently, state Sen. Theresa Gavarone, R-Bowling Green, writes the “just and unbiased enforcement of the rule of law and the protection of the […]

Spate of police reform bills drop in Ohio legislature

BY: - July 7, 2020

As protests continue around the state asking for changes to policing, several police reform bills will be waiting for the state legislature to return from its summer break. Some legislators have argued that the House should come back in session to address health and economy issues, along with police issues and a racism bill that […]

Catching Our Eye: Black history, Black trans pride, and COVID-19 epicenters

BY: - June 29, 2020

Black history. The Sandusky Register’s Caitlin Nearhood is reporting, “Black history not properly taught to Ohio students.” “Important parts of American history appear to be whitewashed in Ohio’s current history curriculum. “In recent weeks, events like Juneteenth, the Tulsa Massacre and Black Wall Street have gained notoriety amid racial injustice protests in the wake of George Floyd’s killing. […]

3 Republicans join House Democrats in passing sweeping police reform

BY: - June 29, 2020

WASHINGTON — The U.S. House passed a sweeping police reform package Thursday night in response to massive civil unrest over police brutality. The package cleared the chamber largely along partisan lines, with 236 lawmakers (mostly Democrats) voting for it and 181 lawmakers (180 Republicans and one Independent) voting against it. Three Republicans sided with Democrats […]

Democrats block GOP’S ‘weak’ police reform bill

BY: - June 25, 2020

WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats blocked a GOP police reform bill Wednesday because they said it fails to adequately respond to police brutality against people of color. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) sought to clear a procedural hurdle Wednesday so he could bring the bill to the floor for Senate consideration. But the legislation fell […]