COLUMBUS — Last week Congressman Mike Turner voted against the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which would ban chokeholds and no-knock warrants, require body cameras and create a nationwide police misconduct registry — and now he’s getting called out for his vote that would allow police brutality to continue with little accountability.
“At this moment in our nation’s history, it is imperative for all of us to stand up to racism and fight back against politicians like Donald Trump, who purposefully fan the flames of fear and division,” said Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper. “Mike Turner’s vote against the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act shows us where he stands — and it’s with Donald Trump, not with the people who are coming together to demand liberty and justice for all Americans.”
“Mike Turner likes to preach unity and remind everyone of things that happened when he was mayor, but since he went to Washington, he has become a creature of Washington,” said Ohio Democratic Party Vice Chair Rhine McLin. “Ohioans can’t trust Mike Turner to fight for them. He says one thing when he’s in Dayton, then does another when he’s in Washington.”
This week the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is highlighting Turner’s vote with digital ads targeting swing voters in Ohio’s 10th Congressional District.
Turner’s district — like many congressional districts across the country — has been the scene of police violence. Last month the city of Beavercreek settled a wrongful death lawsuit with the family of John Crawford III, a Black man who was shot to death by a police officer while he was holding a BB gun he found unboxed on a Walmart shelf.
Turner has not spoken out publicly about Crawford’s death in the six years since he was killed.
This release was originally published by the Ohio Democratic Party.