Reece, Police-Community Task Force Head To Toledo For Public Hearings
Lawmaker encourages community members to share their stories, speak out on ideas for improvement
February 26, 2015
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TOLEDO, Ohio— Ohio Legislative Black Caucus President and State Rep. Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) is traveling to Toledo, Ohio tonight for the Ohio Task Force on Community-Police Relations’ third public meeting. Rep. Reece serves as a founding member on the panel that is tasked with developing strategies to help improve the relationship between law enforcement and communities in the wake of civil unrest across the nation following the police shootings of African American men Michael Brown in Ferguson, John Crawford, Jr. in an Ohio Walmart and 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Ohio.

“This task force is an important first step in restoring faith in our justice system,” said Rep. Reece. “Through our meetings, we have heard compelling testimony that shows more must be done to build understanding and communication between law enforcement and citizens. I encourage all community members to share their ideas of how to build better police-community relations.”  

During her time as city councilwoman, Rep. Reece played an integral role in brokering Cincinnati’s 2002 police-community relations collaborative agreement following the city’s 2001 riots sparked by the police shooting of 19-year-old Timothy Thomas.

State Rep. Alicia Reece has worked closely with national civil rights leaders and clergy to advocate for social justice on a variety of issues.

Reece recently re-introduced John Crawford’s Law in response to Ohio’s deadly police shootings of John Crawford III and Tamir Rice. The Cincinnati lawmaker’s proposal would require toy guns to have brightly colored finishes or prominent fluorescent strips to distinguish them from real firearms.

Those who cannot attend tonight’s meeting may voice their feedback on social media using #beheardohio. For more information on the Task Force, visit:

The Ohio Task Force on Community-Police Relations will hold its third public forum on tonight, Thursday, February 26, 2015, at the University of Toledo’s Scott Park Auditorium from 4:30 – 8:30 p.m. Rep. Reece will be available for media comment and interviews immediately following the meeting.


WHAT:           Ohio Task Force on Community-Police Relations Public Meeting

WHEN:           Today, February 26, 2015

                        4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

WHERE:        University of Toledo’s Scott Park Auditorium

                       2801 West Bancroft Street

                       Toledo, Ohio 43606





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