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Dayton Announces Plan To Review Police Misconduct Reports, Use of Force Policies

Mayor Nan Whaley announced 5 steps the city plans to take to improve the police department.
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Mayor Nan Whaley announced 5 steps the city plans to take to improve the police department.

On Wednesday the City of Dayton announced 5 steps it will take related to the Dayton Police Department. This follows a weekend in which police officers used tear gas and pepper balls on residents protesting the death of George Floyd and police violence against Black people.

The steps include more transparency in reporting police misconduct, a review of use of force policies, and increased diversity in recruitment. Dayton Commissioner Chris Shaw said the community has been working on these issues for over a decade. 

“Over these years we’ve gathered a number of our community stakeholders together to have a conversation, an ongoing conversation about how to make things better between the community and the police department,” he said. “This is now, I think, an opportunity to have a reset, a needed reset in this work.”

The announcement comes after Jared Grandy resigned from his role as Dayton’s community-police relations coordinator. In a Facebook post Wednesday, Grandy said the Community Police Council has “fought for reform for years just to be met with silence.”

Complaints about the Dayton Police Department can be sent to policecomplaint@daytonohio.gov, which will be reviewed by the city’s law department.

While working at the station Leila Goldstein has covered the economic effects of grocery cooperatives, police reform efforts in Dayton and the local impact of the coronavirus pandemic on hiring trends, telehealth and public parks. She also reported Trafficked, a four part series on misinformation and human trafficking in Ohio.