Advisory Board To Develop Statewide Standards On Police Deadly Force
Ohio's public safety director says the process has begun to create first-ever standards for police use of deadly force across the state.
John Born says people should have the expectation of a baseline standard whether they're in northeast Ohio or southeast Ohio or any other part of the state. Creating those standards is the job of the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board, which met for the first time Wednesday. The 12-member board is made up of elected officials, police and community members. Governor John Kasich created the board after a series of fatal police shootings, including the November death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, and the August death of John Crawford III in a Dayton-area Wal-Mart. It also follows up on the findings of a task force led by Attorney General Mike DeWine, which found Ohio has lower standards for police training than many other states. The board will create standards for hiring, recruiting and local community interaction, such as addressing safety issues and educating people on the daily challenges faced by officers.