After a night of violent protests that caused damage to the OH statehouse and several businesses in downtown Columbus, Gov. Mike DeWine said what is transpiring in cities around the country is the pain, anger and fear many black Americans are feeling after watching the horrific death of George Floyd while he was in police custody.
"What happened to George Floyd is tragic", DeWine said Friday afternoon. "These protests taking place are expressing outrage, and it's not only understandable, but appropriate".
Beatty says she went to the protest outside the Statehouse Saturday morning to lend her voice to the fight against racism and injustice.
Chauvin kept his knee on Floyd's neck for approximately five minutes until medical crews arrived and Floyd's limp body was placed on a stretcher. Medics reported Floyd was "unresponsive" at the scene and was declared dead at a nearby hospital.
Prosecutors charged the now-fired officer, Derek Chauvin, with third-degree murder and manslaughter on Friday.
A police officer escaped injury when his helmet was struck by a bullet during a Cincinnati protest. "To watch the video of his life being taken away, second by second, is horrific and will be seared on every American's mind until the day they die".
According to numerous media accounts, protests in Columbus began peacefully but turned ugly when protesters hurled objects at police officers.
SWAT teams were called to the break-in at the statehouse and ordered protesters to leave or face arrest.
Later, the video shows a group of vandals at the Ohio Theatre located across the street from the Statehouse.
"There are 35,000 police officers in OH who risk their lives every single day". They protect our communities.
In a letter addressed to President Michael Drake, Senior Vice President Jay Kasey, Vice President Dr. Melissa Shivers, Chief Kimberley Spears-McNatt, and Director of Public Safety Monica Moll, the student groups said officers' response to the protest was unjustly forceful and militaristic. "[Chauvin's] conduct violated every principle of human decency, but it also violated any kind of basic police training".
The restraint used by Chauvin has been banned by several police departments nationwide. "I understood their anger; definitely share that same anger with them", he said. But the emphasis was on how to deal with those biases. "We've done a lot in OH, but we need to do more", DeWine said.
With his wife, Fran, beside him, he explained the disgust they felt when watching the video, and realizing they can't comprehend or imagine what an African American family must feel.
The governor said he wants the National Guard "to help drive out hate and violence, and to help instill order". "Your pain, your anger, your grief is valued", he said. "I stand here to tell you I hear the voices of frustration". DeWine said he would "look at the wording of the resolution".
Earlier Saturday, Governor Mike DeWine said he was calling out the Ohio National Guard and also asking the highway patrol to help help enforce laws in Columbus as Mayor Andrew Ginther and Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson both announced 10:00 p.m. curfews following damage to businesses amid protests over Floyd's death in Minneapolis.