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Ohio Democrats Want More Accountability, Focus On Racial Bias In Police Reform

Columbus Police, June 2020
Jo Ingles
Ohio Public Radio
Columbus Police, June 2020

Republican and Democratic lawmakers at the Ohio Statehouse have been outlining their varying approaches to police reform.

Democrats say their plan focuses on increasing accountability for police, addressing racial bias and building relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve. House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes said the plan is multi-faceted. 

“Our comprehensive plan is more than just professionalizing police. It fundamentally rethinks the way we police our communities to insure every Ohioan can thrive," Sykes said.

Republicans are expected to re-introduce a plan they put forward last year that didn’t pass the General Assembly. Gov. Mike DeWine has said he supports many elements that were in the previous bill and are expected to be key parts of the new bill when it is introduced.

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Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.