Ohio establishes standards on police use of deadly force

The Dayton Daily News reports that Ohio established statewide minimum standards for police use of deadly force last Friday. An advisory panel created by Governor John Kasich in April proposed the standards, which, according to the Daily News, emphasize "the preservation of human life and restrict officers to defending themselves or others from death or serious injury."

Kasich created the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board subsequent to the fatal police shootings of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland and John Crawford III in a Beavercreek Wal-Mart. According to the article, the panel developed standards that are aligned with national policies and Supreme Court rulings, although many Ohio police departments currently have even stronger policies in place. State and local police departments are required to adopt and implement the minimim standards by March 2017. See the release from the board for policy language.

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