In Ohio, Governor John Kasich is setting up yet another task force on issues in policing.
Speaking about himself in the third person, Governor John Kasich said, “The governor of this state is not going to look the other way. It is not acceptable to have these divisions between our friends in the African-American community and law enforcement.”
Unlike some of the other policing panels, such as the President’s Task Force on 21rst Century Policing, the Ohio group will be charged with creating first-ever statewide standards for law enforcement agencies.
“We will create the first statewide standards on a number of these things,” Kasich said. “We don’t want people in the streets, burning buildings and hating one another. We have to do this. It has to work.”
It turns out that while Ohio has some minimum standards for police officers, standards for Ohio law enforcement agencies simply do not exist. Part of the task force mission will be to create some guidelines in terms of policing practices.
“If someone is running from a law-enforcement officer, their life is not at risk, nor probably is anyone else’s,” Kasich said. “These standards don’t exist in some law-enforcement operations in this state. So, making it clear what the use of force is will be very helpful in guiding an officer.”