Zach Klein, City Attorney (Columbus, OH)

IDEA CATAGORY: Public Safety

Achieving Meaningful Police Reform

NewDEAL Leader Columbus, OH City Attorney Zach Klein wrote an op-ed this week, "Calling for police reform does not make you anti-police". Klein argues that meaningful police reform must both assure accountability and give officers the tools they need to protect and serve the people of his city. “If the community and police come together as trusted partners in this effort, we can succeed in making our city a safer place for all of us,” said Klein. Klein also highlighted some of the impactful reforms already underway in Columbus with support of residents and law enforcement, such as implementing the city’s first civilian police review board, engaging the Bureau of Criminal Investigations to review all CPD-involved shootings, instituting community immersion training for police recruits, changing the way police engage with First Amendment-protected protesters, and more. Check out the op-ed here.