Attorney General Mike DeWine

It is not uncommon for the Ohio Attorney General’s office to step in on some high profile cases throughout the state. The Steubenville rape case, the police involved shooting death of John Crawford in a Beavercreek Wal Mart and the fatal shooting of a 12 year old Cleveland area boy by a police officer are some of the most recent examples of situations where the A.G.’s office has taken lead roles. Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says the process for deciding whether to intervene in local cases is pretty simple.

Ohio AG Wants Active Shooter Response Studied

Dec 11, 2014
Ohio Attorney General, Mike DeWine
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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine says it's time to study whether police officers are adequately trained to identify whether they're dealing with an active shooter situation.

DeWine says recent police shootings across the country show this is one area that has not been looked at.

DeWine made his remarks Thursday as he directed the state police training commission to study possible updates in officer training in using force.

DeWine announced the meeting last week after demonstrations around the country over racial justice and police use of force.

Montgomery County purchased 13,000 tons of road salt last winter, up from a usual average of 10,000 pounds.
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It’s been a warm December, and that’s great news for Ohio counties paying high prices for road salt; the cost for many has doubled or tripled after a shortage last winter.

Kasich, DeWine, and Husted Win Re-election In Ohio

Nov 4, 2014
Connie Wehrkamp, Kasich for Ohio

It looks like Republican Governor John Kasich has won re-election by defeating Cleveland Democrat Ed FitzGerald accoding toi the Associated Press. Early indications are that turnout was low across the state.

Tuesday's victory was expected after campaign missteps by FitzGerald, the Cuyahoga County executive, left him seriously behind in polls and fundraising.

FitzGerald's troubles and the lack of a U.S. Senate race or any statewide ballot issues were among factors keeping people from the polls.

DeWine Aide Didn't Report Harassment

Oct 16, 2014
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An investigation at Attorney General Mike DeWine's office last year determined DeWine's then-employment law chief failed to properly report an employee who repeatedly told a legal secretary he liked to slap and punch women.

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A rally for the family of a man shot and killed by police inside a Beavercreek Walmart in August will take place Monday morning. A student led political activist group from Columbus is organizing the event.
 

The Ohio Student Association is calling the event the "Journey for John Crawford." Crawford was shot and killed inside of Walmart after police responded to a 9-1-1 call saying he was pointing a weapon at other customers.

Hana Katz-Stein '16. / Used with permission from The Record.

On August 5th, 22-year-old John Crawford III was shot and killed by police officers in the Beavercreek Walmart after officers responded to a 911 call about a man holding a gun in Walmart. It was later discovered that Crawford, who is black, was actually carrying around a BB gun that is sold in Walmart stores. Both Walmart and Attorney General Mike DeWine refused to release surveillance footage of the shooting, which sparked a series of rallies demanding that the tape be released.

Hundreds protested outside the Beavercreek Walmart Saturday, demanding the Attorney General's office release video of the police shooting of John Crawford.
Wayne Baker / WYSO

Two rallies were held over the weekend outside of the Beavercreek Walmart in conjunction with the death of a man inside the store, and each rally had a distinct message. On August 5, John Crawford III was shot and killed by Beavercreek police after officers responded to a 911 call alleging that Crawford was waving a weapon at people inside of the store. Crawford was later found to be carrying an air rifle of a type that is sold inside the store, and was apparently talking on the phone to his girlfriend during the shooting.

Lewis Wallace / WYSO

Ohio's attorney general says veteran Hamilton County prosecutor Mark Piepmeier will lead the investigation into the police shooting of 21-year-old John Crawford III. 

Mike DeWine said – at a press conference on Tuesday that Piepmeier will investigate, then present all the evidence to the special grand jury that was to convene next week. DeWine said that date has been pushed back.

Wayne Baker

On Monday afternoon students at Antioch College joined other students across the nation by walking out of their classrooms in what they call a show of solidarity with residents of Ferguson, Missouri over the death of Michael Brown.  The 18 year old was killed in a confrontation with a police officer on August 9th.

Organizers of the national movement say the event coincided with the first day Michael Brown, of Ferguson, was scheduled to attend college. Antioch College Student, Eric Rhodes helped get the word out about their  event.

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