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DeWine called Floyd’s death the culmination of many events and said his death represents many others before him.
“I want to make sure that as governor of Ohio I say to every African American man, woman and child, you are valued and an essential part of this community,” he said.
He said protests Thursday were appropriate and Ohioans to speak out to end injustice and to change.
The governor asked Ohioans who gather to protest in the coming days to do so peacefully.
“We must not fight violence with more violence,” DeWine said.
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He said that the lack of serious injuries reported Thursday at Statehouse protests were a testament of Columbus police. DeWine added leaders did not discuss calling in the Ohio National Guard at any point overnight.
As a leader, DeWine said he is obligated to be a source of peace and unity and to acknowledge disparities in communities.
Though Floyd’s death did not happen in Ohio, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t impact Ohioans, DeWine said.