Police reform, abortion and impeachment

A car passenger on Church Street holds a protester sign in support of Jayland Walker on Sunday, July 3, 2022 in Akron.

Ohioans renewed their calls for police reforms in the wake of another deadly shooting. A 10-year-old from Ohio made national news, and Republicans debated impeaching the state Supreme Court’s chief justice.

We break down what it all means on this week’s episode of Ohio Politics Explained.

It’s a podcast from the USA TODAY Network Ohio Bureau where we catch you up on the state’s political news in 15 minutes or less. This week, host Anna Staver was joined by reporter Haley BeMiller.

1) Jayland Walker

The death of Jayland Walker at the hands of Akron police officers has sparked renewed calls for police reform in Ohio. 

Walker, 25, had more than 60 wounds in his body, according to the local coroner, after eight officers opened fire following a high-speed chase.

Republican Gov. Mike DeWine called the shooting a tragedy and asked state lawmakers to finally move forward on a set of reforms he pitched after the murder of George Floyd in 2020.

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