Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Convention to focus on criminal justice reform, voting rights

Posted at 9:40 AM, Jul 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-11 12:58:00-04

CINCINNATI --The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus will hold a convention in the city for the first time as a kick-off for the NAACP Convention.   

The Ohio Legislative Black Caucus Convention will take place at 3 p.m. Friday at the Westin Downtown. Less than a week after the Black Lives Matter rally, the convention will focus on criminal justice reform and voting rights.

"We need comprehensive justice reform that improves not only police community relations but also accountability and that's what people are asking for: accountability," said Ohio State Representative Alicia Reece.

Reece says they want a bill that will include mandatory body cameras for all police departments, standards for how that video is released, independent prosecutors and grand jury reform.

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The convention runs Friday to Sunday, featuring several workshops on education, employment and wage gaps and women empowerment.

Vernon Jordan, former White House adviser and national civil rights leader, will serve as the keynote speaker at the gala Saturday evening.

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