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Rep. Sheehy introduces police reform bill to provide greater transparency regarding terminations and resignations

Bipartisan bill comes amid protests across Ohio calling for racial justice and an end to police brutality
July 1, 2020
Michael Sheehy News

COLUMBUS— State Representatives Michael Sheehy (D-Oregon) and Paula Hicks-Hudson (D-Toledo) today introduced House Bill (HB) 712 to create a database tracking the terminations and resignations of law enforcement officers across the state of Ohio. The introduction of this bill is part of a larger effort by House Democrats to address systemic racism and police brutality.

“The officer involved in the death of Tamir Rice resigned from the Independence Police Department when he was deemed emotionally unstable and unfit for duty, particularly regarding the use of firearms. The officer then sought employment in Cleveland, where he lied about his reasons for leaving his previous department. It is my hope this legislation will provide greater transparency for those tasked with hiring new law enforcement officers, and I am encouraged by the bipartisan support this bill has already received,” said Rep. Sheehy.

The Ohio Attorney General would maintain the database tracking these terminations and resignations, as well as the reasons for termination or resignation. This legislation was inspired by the recommendations of Governor Kasich’s Task Force on Community-Police Relations in 2015.

HB 712 now awaits referral to a House committee.

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