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WYSO Curious Looks At Racial Gap In Local Policing

Aug 11, 2017
Dayton residents chat with police during a Coffee With a Cop event at Benjamin's the Burger Master.
Jason Reynolds / WYSO

On this installment of WYSO Curious, we tackle a question asked by Talis Gage, "Why don’t more black people become police officers?"

Two recent protests over the police killing of John Crawford III were the first ones to lead to arrests. walmart protest
Wayne Baker / WYSO

Crowds are expected Saturday for a rally outside the Walmart store in Beavercreek. The gathering will commemorate the third anniversary of the deadly police shooting of John Crawford III inside the store.

The shooting sparked outrage and protests across the state and beyond. Crawford’s death and that of others at the hands of police, including 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, also led to more training for Ohio police officers.

police lights
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Police departments around the country are exploring ways to improve their relationship with their local community. Commentator Rebecca Rine decided to see what she could do as a citizen to learn more about her local police.

With so much negative behavior and publicity in police forces across America, I decided to enroll in the Kettering Citizens Police Academy to gain some insight into my own community’s police force. I had no idea just how deep that insight would go.

Travis Grile
Basim Blunt / WYSO

This week on Dayton Youth Radio we have the final segment of a three part series where Miami Valley teenagers talk about race. Travis Grile, a student at Centerville High School, reflects on his relationship with the police as the son of an officer.

Mandela Brown
Basim Blunt / WYSO

This week Dayton Youth has the second story in a three part series where Miami Vally teenagers discuss race.  Mandela Brown, a student at Centerville High School, reflects on his relationship with the police as an African American teenager.

Update 11/29/16: The case has been reassigned to Judge Leslie Ghiz. Judge Tom Heekin recused himself Tuesday morning. The case was then randomly assigned to Judge Beth Myers who also recused herself. She is slated to move to the appellate court in February 2017.

April Laissle

Hundreds of protesters gathered in Downtown Dayton on Sunday afternoon in response to violence last week in Minnesota, Louisiana, and Texas.

The event, which was part of the Black Lives Matters movement, began with a prayer for peace under the pavilion at Riverscape Metropark.

Protesters then flooded the streets of the city to march to Courthouse Square. Some held hands as they chanted "Hands up, don't Shoot!" and "No justice, no peace."

Brian Freeman says he came to voice to his concerns.

A newspaper analysis has uncovered funding, staffing and operational difficulties at the independent agency created to help settle citizen complaints against Cincinnati police.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports the Cincinnati Citizen Complaint Authority no longer complies with a collaborative agreement between the community and the police that was struck after the city's 2001 riots.

Some Ohio cities already have police body cameras and others are considering getting them. Some state legislators want to make sure all cities have the same rules for using police body cameras.

 

Democratic State Representative Kevin Boyce says body cameras can be very helpful for police forces and as more around the state get that technology, he says a new bipartisan bill he’s co-sponsoring would make sure they have standards on how to use it.

 

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine presenting proposed training standards for police officers.
Jo Ingles / Ohio Public Radio

Ohio’s Attorney General is calling for new pre-certification standards for peace officer applicants as well as more training for existing police officers. Mike DeWine wants the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission to make sure all incoming academy candidates have a high school diploma or GED; pass a drug screening, a psychological exam, and a polygraph test; are physically fit and have not been convicted of sex offenses. He says these are things that are not uniformly done now.

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