The Columbus Dispatch: http://bit.ly/151OCe3
Ohio Governor John Kasich wants a game plan from the Ohio Task Force on Community-Police Relations by April 30 describing actions that can be taken to help ensure that minorities “feel safe and that they are not being targeted.”
Collaborating with black lawmakers, Kasich announced the task force last month after police shot and killed a 12-year-old boy in Cleveland who had an air pistol and a man in Beavercreek who was carrying a pellet rifle taken off a shelf inside a Wal-Mart.
The task force will be led by Ohio Department of Public Safety Director John Born. Former State Sen. Nina Turner, D-Cleveland, will serve as co-chairwoman. The task force will conduct public hearings to solicit the views of Ohioans.
Former U.S. Sen. and Gov. George V. Voinovich; former U.S. Rep. Louis Stokes, D-Cleveland; and former Ohio Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton will serve as honorary co-chairs.
The panel includes lawmakers, police officers, clergy, criminal-justice experts and other community leaders, including some with ties to the NAACP and the Ohio Civil Rights Commission.