COLUMBUS, Ohio – A proposed statewide standard in Ohio would permit police to use deadly force only when officers are defending themselves or other people from serious injury or death.
A police task force convened by Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) unveiled the draft standards Tuesday ahead of a September deadline.
The state’s public safety director, John Born, says the deadly force standards are consistent with national and international policies on force.
Ohio law enforcement agencies would have to adopt the standard as a minimum department policy. Agencies also must have a policy for training officers in the standard and disciplining them when violations occur.
The governor created the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board after a series of fatal police shootings, including the November death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland.