COLUMBUS, OH –– In the debate, Ted Strickland just called out Senator Portman for introducing a national stop-and-frisk bill -- a policy that has resulted in the discriminatory targeting of African Americans by police.
There’s a clear contrast between Ted Strickland and Senator Portman when it comes to Ohio’s African American communities. See the facts for yourself:
Portman Introduced A National Stop-And-Frisk Bill. “Provides that it shall constitute a reasonable suspicion, sufficient to support a constitutional stop and frisk by a law enforcement officer, that the officer knows or has reason to believe that the person who is subject to that stop and frisk: (1) actively participates in a criminal street gang; and (2) knows that such criminal street gang engages in a pattern of criminal gang activity.” The bill was referred to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Criminal Justice. [Congress.gov, H.R. 4441, Introduced 5/17/94]
Strickland: “We All Must Stand Together In Saying: Black Lives Matter.” “Video has been crucial in seeking justice for Mr. DuBose, and body cameras for all police departments is an important part of the solution. But it’s not enough. We all must stand together in saying: black lives matter.” [Facebook Ted Strickland,7/29/15]
Strickland Endorsed Community Policing And Involving More Black Representatives In Government As A Means Of Protecting Black Americans. “In Ferguson and other towns across America, the keys are community policing and political empowerment. Ferguson is more than 60% African-American, yet only three out of the police force’s 50 officers are black. Ferguson’s city government is also mostly white, with only one black council member. The anguish of Ferguson is partially explained by the system its residents have been living under – a political and law enforcement structure that neither reflects nor represents them. The police should protect and serve all people, yet for too many communities of color, police are an occupying force using suppression-only tactics, indicting residents by the color of their skin, not differentiating between them and the criminal element they seek. Police departments must reflect the communities they serve and hire people willing and able to interact, partner, communicate and problem-solve with the community.” [MSNBC, Ted Strickland Op-Ed,8/30/14]
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