Gov. Mike DeWine proposes ban on police chokeholds, and urges development of new use-of-force guidelines and database

George Floyd protests "lay bare our deep divisions in this country," DeWine said during Wednesday's unveiling of a new police reform plan
Updated: Jun. 17, 2020 at 5:45 PM EDT
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REAL-TIME UPDATES, from Gov. Mike DeWine

  • DeWine says law enforcement reform will be achieved through accountability, training and transparency.
  • DeWine asking members of Ohio General Assembly to pass legislation that requires police cadets to undergo psychological evaluations prior to training, and to introduce legislation that bans police chokeholds.
  • Cadets must have a high school diploma or GED, and must pass drug screening tests and specialized background checks.
  • The state will fund more deescalation training, including helping officers understand how and when to use force, and how to approach people with mental health issues.
  • Calls for Ohio lawmakers to revamp use-of-force guidelines, and develop public database to compile use-of-force reports.
  • Work to ensure that every law enforcement officer uses a body camera.
  • AG Dave Yost calling on “good cops” to help root out “bad cops.”
  • DeWine not sure where all funding will come from to achieve police reform plan, but it’s his hope lawmakers will soon convene to begin drawing up legislation.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WOIO) - Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost are announcing new law enforcement reform efforts in response to waves of protests and unrest that were triggered after George Floyd, 46, died in police custody in Minneapolis last month.

Watch 19 News coverage of the address here:

Protesters, many of whom are affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement, say it’s time that federal, state and local authorities set limitations on police force, increase police accountability, and funnel more money toward social services.

Meanwhile, police union leaders have expressed their frustrations with what they feel is a widespread and unfair vilification of law enforcement agencies.

On Monday, Cleveland City Council members grilled Police Chief Calvin Williams over a lack of African American officers in the department.

The comments at council are part of a weeks-long effort by local leaders to turn up the pressure on Mayor Frank Jackson’s administration, which came under scrutiny for its response to the riots that erupted nearly three weeks ago and left millions of dollars in damage among downtown businesses.

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