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Protesters, Police And Politicians

Protesters in front of the Ohio Statehouse in honor of George Floyd, on June 2, 2020.
Paige Pfleger
Protesters in front of the Ohio Statehouse in honor of George Floyd, on June 2, 2020.

In this week's episode of Snollygoster, Ohio's politics podcast from WOSU, hosts Mike Thompson and Steve Brown discuss the demonstrations that sprung up across the country after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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In this week's episode:
Takin' It To The Streets

Demonstrators have gathered and marched at the Ohio Statehouse and elsewhere in Columbus every day for a week, denouncing the death of Geroge Floyd by Minneapolis Police and demanding changes in how police treat people of color.

Accusations of violence by both protesters and police have been lodged, as public officials try to simultaneously maintain order and sympathize with peaceful demonstrators. In Columbus, the mayor, city attorney and City Council have criticized aggressive police tactics and called for reform.

Meanwhile, President Trump called for governors to "dominate" and use military force if necessary.

Remember That Whole Pandemic Thing

Gov. Mike DeWine said he expects K-12 schools to be open in the fall, after being shuttered due to the coronavirus, but that decision is really up to local school districts.

At the Statehouse, members of the House and Senate are having testosterone-fueled arguments about the authority of the state’s female Health Department director, Amy Acton.

Snollygoster Of The Week: Donald Trump

Police used tear gas to scatter peaceful protesters in a public park so President Trump could walk over and have a photo op in front of a church near the White House.

Send questions and comments to snollygoster@wosu.org.

Mike Thompson spends much of his time correcting people who mispronounce the name of his hometown – Worcester, Massachusetts. Mike studied broadcast journalism at Syracuse University when he was not running in circles – as a distance runner on the SU track team.
Steve Brown grew up in nearby Richwood, Ohio and now lives there with his wife and sons. He started his journalism career as a weekend board operator at WOSU while majoring in journalism at Ohio State, where he also wrote for the student newspaper The Lantern and co-founded the organization Students for Public Broadcasting.
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