Karen Kasler

State capitals around the country have been on high-alert in the days leading up to Joe Biden's inauguration. That includes the Ohio Statehouse which has been on lock down for nearly a week.

Ohio Highway Patrol troopers and Ohio National Guard personnel were at the Ohio Statehouse starting this weekend and continuing through Wednesday.
Karen Kasler

On this inauguration day, security remains high at the Ohio Statehouse after preparations for a weekend armed march that never fully materialized. They included a stepped-up increase of law enforcement and limited access to the building.

U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Niles)

Dozens of people have been arrested and charged in connection with the deadly insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6, Including four Ohioans. And two Ohio National Guard members of the more than 25,000 nationwide now in Washington DC have been sent home because of ties to far-right groups. But an Ohio Congressman with a key role in security says tomorrow’s inauguration will be safe.

Henry Locke (right, in red mask holding bullhorn) and other members of the Ohio Boogaloo spoke to reporters and those assembled for the event.
Karen Kasler

The "armed march" that was expected in all 50 state capitals and brought out heavy security resulted in just a few dozen protestors in Columbus Sunday.

Ohio National Guard distributes PPE, April 2020
Dan Konik

Columbus and state leaders are discouraging counter protests this weekend when armed groups upset with the election are expected to demonstrate at the Ohio Statehouse.  Some groups are using this weekend as an opportunity to give back to their community. 

A group of Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers helps with putting up fencing around the closed-off entrance to the west side of the Ohio Statehouse, where protests are often held.
Karen Kasler

Saying "violence will not be tolerated in Ohio", Gov. Mike DeWine says the Highway Patrol and the Ohio National Guard will back up Columbus police forces for a planned "armed march" by right-wing and pro-Trump supporters this weekend.

Reps Cindy Abrams and Sara Carruthers
Jo Ingles

Two Republican state lawmakers are introducing a bill that they say will crack down on people they call looters and rioters – those who perpetuate violence or damage to property as part of protests. 

Red paint used by protestors in a demonstration against police brutality in June took several days to remove.
Karen Kasler

Recent vandalism to the Ohio Statehouse and other high- profile government buildings has prompted an outcry from some of the state’s top leaders. Now, Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow the Ohio Attorney General to go after those who damage public buildings.

Hand prints in red paint were left on the west columns and stairs at the Ohio Statehouse as part of a protest on June 18.
Karen Kasler

Some state leaders are angry over damage at the Ohio Statehouse after protests in Columbus – and one has suggested the state consider a form of secession from the capital city.

Protestors marched from the Statehouse to Columbus Police Headquarters on May 31.
Karen Kasler

The state’s largest law enforcement organization says it’s cautiously on board with a lot of ideas being pushed out at the local, state and federal levels on police reforms.

Roger Ingles

After more than a week of protests in Ohio cities that have spread to college campuses and smaller communities, protestors are taking their messages against racism and police brutality to individual movers and shakers. Here’s the latest from a demonstration in Columbus.

Minority Leader Emilia Sykes (D-Akron) and Speaker Larry Householder (R-Glenford) talk before House session on June 4, 2020, as protestors demonstrate outside the Statehouse. A few moments later, the House held a moment of silence for George Floyd.
Karen Kasler

A resolution introduced last week to declare racism a public health crisis is getting its first hearing in the Republican-dominated Ohio Senate, where one member of the GOP has joined eight Democrats in sponsoring the measure.

Kristi Blokhin/Shutterstock

An unnamed member of the Ohio National Guard has been suspended from duty after the FBI alleged the soldier expressed "white supremacist ideology" online, according to Gov. Mike DeWine.

Andy Chow

Gov. Mike DeWine says he's meeting with state lawmakers to address racial disparities and injustice as demonstrators around the state protest the death of George Floyd, who died under police custody in Minnesota and the former officer now charged with murder. DeWine says it's time for government officials to turn the words of the protesters into action.

Police on bikes at Saturday's rally
Jo Ingles

A member of Congress from Central Ohio was with two local officials and other protestors when she was hit with pepper spray at a protest in Columbus.

Jo Ingles

Gov. Mike DeWine has called the Ohio National Guard in to help with protests in Columbus. And the city's mayor, Andrew Ginther, has imposed a curfew beginning at 10 p.m. that will last until 6 a.m., which he says could be extended if warranted.

Demonstrators shouting chants outside of a House Public Utilities Committee hearing in the Ohio Statehouse.
Andy Chow

A coalition of advocates say the bill, which creates a new criminal mischief prohibition, can have a chilling effect on protesting at places like oil and gas pipelines.

Jo Ingles

There are important “do’s” and “don'ts” to protesting, according to a group that’s holding a workshop in Columbus to teach people how to demonstrate within their constitutional rights. 

Ohio Statehouse, March 25, 2017
Jo Ingles

Supporters and opponents of President Donald Trump protested at the Statehouse this weekend in competing demonstrations.

Andy Chow

Ohio’s top elected Democrat has been critical of the policies and executive orders coming from President Donald Trump. One of Trump’s Republican opponents was asked about these concerns and the public response.