COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOIO) - Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine commented on the protests that took place in downtown Columbus over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, saying the demonstrations are “appropriate,” but they must remain peaceful.
“We must not fight violence with more violence,” Gov. DeWine said.
Protests erupted in Columbus on Thursday night following days of unrest in Minnesota surrounding the death of George Floyd, the African-American man who died while in Minneapolis police custody on Monday.
“George Floyd’s death is the culmination of many events. As he lay on the ground dying, he was a victim representing so many others before him,” the Ohio governor said on Friday. “His death impacts us all. We have a responsibility to each other, regardless of race, to stand up and say we won’t tolerate this conduct.”
“I want to make sure that, as governor of Ohio, I say to every African-American man, woman, and child, you are valued and an essential part of this community,” the governor added.
The Governor said he is pledging to address issue of racial indifferences throughout Ohio, beginning with the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic and lack of access to education.
Protesters, who were confronted by Columbus police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol, vandalized storefronts and the Statehouse during during Thursday evening’s demonstrations.
The group responsible for maintaining the Ohio Statehouse grounds, the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board, surveyed the damage following the protests.
Damaged property includes:
- 28 Ohio Statehouse windows
- Doors to the West Rotunda and the State Street entrance
- 5 light pole lamps
- Fire damage to flags in flower beds
- Granite and bench damaged in the property’s South Plaza
- Various trash cans dumped and damaged
Ohio Gov. DeWine said he is committed to ensuring law enforcement officers across the state are properly trained in crisis intervention and the use of force for a variety of situations.