IDEAS: The many police reform proposals for the Dayton area compared and charted

Note from Community Impact Editor Amelia Robinson: The chart below appeared on the Dayton Daily News Ideas an Voices page Sunday, June 28. 

The killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police and the global protests that followed have spark a range of proposed reforms aimed at reducing racial discrimination in policing.

The chart below compares proposals and plans from the city of Dayton8 Can't Wait, Black Lives Matter Dayton and NAACP's Dayton Unit.

Due to space, it does not show proposals from state Rep. Phil Plummer and Ohio Senate and Ohio House Democrats.

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There are few universal recommendations, but there is some overlap:

• Ban or severely limit choke holds.

• Ban or severely limit use of tear gas.

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• Increase police officer basic and ongoing training, particularly for de-escalation and recognizing implicit bias.

• Require independent investigations for officer-involved shootings and death in custody.

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• Require reporting to the state for use of force incidents.

• Increase transparency to officer discipline and disciplinary files.


• The chart below includes general descriptions of proposals. Most are far more complicated than space in the chart allowed.

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The city of Dayton for instance plans to use five work groups to address police reform issues in the areas of oversight, use of forcetraining, rrecruitment and promotion and community engagement.

Mayor Nan Whaley says reforms will be implemented on a rolling as work groups finished their work.

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This newspaper has published articles about most of the local plans that can be found on

• The ShotSpotter program uses audio sensors to detect gunfire and dispatch officers to the scenes.

• The city of Dayton had a rule that required employees to live within the city for years. The Ohio Supreme Court in 2009 upheld a state law prohibiting municipalities from mandating employees live in specific areas, meaning cities can no longer require that.

• The NAACP recommendation are for department throughout Montgomery County.

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