Dayton Police Department

A woman is dead following a shooting involving three Dayton Police Officers.

 

A statement released by the Dayton Police Department stated officers were responding to a domestic violence call at 12:15 Sunday morning when they encountered 35-year-old Kisha Arrone.  Police say Arrone was armed and threatening to kill her partner.

Police found Arrone driving a pickup truck on Wexford Avenue and directed her to stop the vehicle. When she refused, officers set up spike strips to puncture the truck’s tires.

 

Dayton Sees Support For Body Camera Program

Sep 23, 2015
Local police departments are taking steps toward equipping officers with body cameras.
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The Dayton Police Department has received positive feedback from a survey asking about using body cameras for its officers.

 

City officials say 1,452 people responded and 845 of those lived in Dayton proper. Overwhelmingly, residents said they would feel safer if officers were wearing cameras and they also said it was acceptable to be video recorded by police.

 

Dayton police are asking for the public to comment on the department’s decision to purchase body cameras for its officers.

The Dayton Daily News reports an online survey went live this week and will be open for Dayton residents until July 31. Questions ask about people’s feelings about police, interactions with the community, ways they think body cameras would help officers and when and where they should be used.

Dr. Kimberly Barrett (left) and Dr. Joann Wright Mawasha organized the forum at Wright State along with Dayton Police.
Lewis Wallace / WYSO

About fifty people attended a forum on race and policing at Wright State Tuesday evening intended to move community members from dialogue to action around racial bias and police.

“There’s a difficult and torturous history of race and policing in this country,” said Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl, who helped facilitate. “That history is not over. We’re still living it.”

The Dayton Mediation Center and two Dayton police officers want to help ease tensions following reports of white officers shooting unarmed black people in recent months, including the nearby shooting of John Crawford III at the Beavercreek Walmart.

Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl acknowledges issues with diversity within the city's police department.
City of Dayton Police Department Website

Despite efforts to address racial disparities within its ranks, the Dayton Police Department hasn't increased the percentage of black officers. 

A 2008 lawsuit by the U.S. Department of Justice found the Dayton police and fire departments engaged in hiring practices that discriminated against African Americans. The criticisms focused on written and physical tests that were eliminating African-American candidates.

Dayton Police Chief, Richard Biehl, says there were problems with the testing.

Major Brian Johns DPD

This week, City officials will dedicate a mural in honor of fallen Dayton Police Officer William "Steve" Whalen who was killed in the line of duty in 1991 while attempting to stop a vehicle wanted in connection with a shooting at a local hotel.

In the incident, the driver opened the rear window of his truck and fired an AR-15 rifle. Whalen returned fire twice but was struck in the head and killed. The suspect was apprehended and sentenced to life in prison. In 2011, then Governor Ted Strickland, denied the clemency request of Karl Vultee—the man who killed Whalen.

Dayton police have closed the case of RTA bus driver Rickey Wagoner who claimed he was attacked on the job earlier this year, saying the evidence doesn’t support Wagoner’s story.

Wagoner, who is white, told police in February he stepped off his bus in the 1900 block of Lakeview Avenue in Dayton to investigate a loss of power and was attacked by three black men. Claiming he was shot and stabbed while fighting back, Wagoner said his attackers used racial language. The incident was being investigated as a hate crime.

 

U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration
U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration

You open your mail and there it is – a picture of your car allegedly speeding through town or sailing through the red light at an intersection. Ready to proclaim your innocence, you wait for your day in court. But, if you reside in any of the 15 Ohio communities that use traffic enforcement cameras, that’s not what you get. In most cases, you’ll get an administrative hearing.

That's the reason traffic cameras are being challenged in courts around Ohio. One case has reached the Ohio Supreme Court and could have an impact on local communities that use traffic cameras.

Jerry Kenney

The Dayton Police Department has begun a crackdown on traffic violations in the I-75 construction zone through downtown.  The stepped up enforcement efforts will run through September during periods of heavy traffic.

Police say they’ll be on the lookout for speed, lane change, and tailgating violations.  They’ll also be on the lookout for aggressive drivers.

No warnings will be issued and so motorists need to know the law, according to Sergeant John Ross with the Dayton PD.

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