Ohio Gov. DeWine Touts ‘Clear Pathway’ To Police Reform

Ohio Gov. DeWine Touts 'Clear Pathway' To Police Reform mike dewine speaks Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine speaks during an interview at the Governor's Residence in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Sunday, 25 April 2021 01:57 PM

GOP Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Sunday there’s a “clear pathway” to police reform that includes training, body cameras and state licensing of law enforcement officers.

In an interview on CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” DeWine was quizzed on reforms in the wake of a police-involved killing of a Columbus, Ohio teenage girl.

“There's a clear pathway in regard to police reform,” he said. “I think there are things that we all can come together on, Democrat or Republican, liberal or conservative.”

According to DeWine, state lawmakers are considering a bill that calls for “more uniform police training” as well as body-worn cameras for officers.

“The tragedy of a 16-year-old child who was killed in Columbus, Mayor [Andrew] Ginther made the absolute correct decision,” DeWine asserted. “Within six hours they had that out to the news media” body-cam footage of the incident,

“We presented a bill to the legislature that would provide funding for body cameras for police departments. Another pathway clearly is there, and that is to treat police as professionals,” he added. “We have the state licensing boards for doctors, for lawyers, for nurses. We should do the same thing for police.”

DeWine also said he’s concerned about data showing considerable COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy in the state.

“I’m worried,” he said. “We've seen our vaccination rate go down about half of what it was three weeks ago, so that's a concern.”

“But we've vaccinated about 40% of our total population at least for the first shot,” he continued. “We just need to continue to move forward,” he said.

“If you look at those 65 and over, we're over 23, 24%. So we're doing pretty well,” he added. “But we have to continue to go forward. The game is not over yet.”

DeWine said in Ohio, there’s a push now to reach out to businesses “and providing for vaccinations directly in businesses.”

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