Ohio Gov. John Kasich said he’s open to legislation mandating that police wear body cameras – but he didn’t offer a firm commitment during an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” Sunday.
Kasich’s comments about policing come on the one-year anniversary of the Ferguson, Missouri shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager. Kasich said police and the communities they serve need to better understand each other.
“There’s a balance. The community has to realize that there’s a family at home waiting for an officer to come home at night and they don’t want to hear that he’s been wounded or killed – and that happened in Cincinnati, as well,” Kasich said.
His state was the location of the police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland, and where a white campus police officer was charged with murder for shooting an unarmed African-American man during a traffic stop last month. A Cincinnati police officer was also ambushed in June by a man who planned to commit suicide by cop.
“We also need the police to understand the concerns of the community,” Kasich said. “Unwarranted stops, what we just saw in Cincinnati with an officer who’s just been indicted for murder – these are tough issues, but at the heart of it is an ability to give people a sense that the system is not rigged against them; that they in fact can be hopeful; that in fact America can work for everybody.”