Reece's Bipartisan Bill Looks To Restore Trust In Communities Affected By Police-involved Deaths
Lawmakers say legislation will increase transparency in investigative process
December 02, 2015
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State Rep. and President of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Alicia Reece (D-Cincinnati) provided sponsor testimony this week in House Judiciary Committee on House Bill 380, legislation to create a more transparent investigative process following police officer-involved firearm deaths.

“Transparency and accountability are essential to rebuilding trust between members of the community and the law enforcement officers who are sworn to protect them,” Reece said. “This bipartisan legislation will provide the answers that the community – and especially the families affected – deserve following an officer-involved fatality.”

House Bill 380, co-sponsored by Rep. Jonathan Dever (R-Madeira), increases the transparency of investigations into police-related shootings by mandating that each law enforcement agency develop a written policy outlining how they will handle each investigation. It will also require information on the investigation be provided to the victims’ families no later than 30 days after completion.

The Cincinnati lawmaker introduced HB 380 in order to help remedy issues highlighted by recent police-involved shooting fatalities, including the August 2014 shooting death of John Crawford, the November 2014 shooting death of Tamir Rice, and the November 2014 shooting death of Tanisha Anderson.

Following these high-profile cases, and with the urging of the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus, Governor Kasich issued an executive order on December 12, 2014, forming the Ohio Task Force on Community-Police Relations, on which Reece served as a founding member. The taskforce hosted hearings across the state, gathered testimonies from hundreds of citizens, and issued a report on its findings.

HB 380 is the first piece of legislation to come from the governor’s taskforce and has garnered widespread bipartisan support in the House of Representatives.

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