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Dayton students want Ohio to develop a police-shooting database
They want help from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine
Story by ARIEL VAN CLEAVE


 
Two Sinclair Community College students are trying to create a database of police shootings.
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Two criminal justice students from Dayton's Sinclair Community College are advocating for a statewide database to track police-involved shootings. For Ohio Public Radio, WYSO’s Ariel Van Cleave reports this proposal comes after high profile shootings over the last year in the state and nationally.

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The idea started out as a class assignment for Tasha Mills and Kelly Wood. Then the two decided to take it a step further by creating a petition asking Attorney General Mike DeWine to require police to document any incidents and make that information public.

Kelly Wood says their organization, which is called Over the Blue Wall, has been steadily gaining support from the Dayton police and city commissioners as well as activist groups like Black Lives Matter.

“We’re just trying to get facts. So that’s, really, the important part,” Wood said.

Tasha Mills says there is no database like this at the state, or even national, level.

“There’s no real way to garner any kind of support in favor of better laws because we don’t exactly know what’s going on," Mills says. "We can’t compare spikes or trends or even see if there are spikes and trends.”

The two hope to meet with Attorney General DeWine soon, though DeWine’s office has not confirmed an appointment yet.

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