Today, state Senator Cecil Thomas (D-Avondale) expressed support for the police reform proposals made by Governor Mike DeWine yesterday in front of the Cincinnati City Council Law and Public Safety committee.
“I was supportive of the governor’s recommendations when he first proposed them last summer and I continue to support them now,” Thomas said. “These steps are necessary to professionalize the police, increase transparency and improve the relationship between the police and the communities they serve. Two Black men were killed by police officers in Columbus in the past year. This is unacceptable. We must start having these conversations now.”
DeWine first issued these proposals in June 2020 following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. They include creating an independent oversight board for all police officers statewide, conducting independent investigation and prosecution of all police shootings, investing an additional $10 million for body cameras for all police officers and creating a statewide database for instances of police force and police disciplinary actions.