First, let's get the latest from ABC's Alex Perez, good morning, Alex. Reporter: Good morning, Jon, authorities here today bracing for possibly another day of protests. Now, demonstrators took to the... See More
First, let's get the latest from ABC's Alex Perez, good morning, Alex. Reporter: Good morning, Jon, authorities here today bracing for possibly another day of protests. Now, demonstrators took to the streets immediately following the judge's decision Saturday, to acquit Michael brelo on the shooting deaths back in 2012. Both were unarmed. The couple led police on a nearly 25-minute car chase. Once cornered, several officers were firing when brelo jumped on the hood and fired 15 shots into their windshield. The judge ruled brelo's use of deadly force was reasonable. While there have been some arrests, protests here have been for the most part peaceful. Victims' family members outraged by the police officer's acquittal. The justice department will be reviewing the judge's decision. Thank you, Alex. Joining us now is Ohio governor John kasich. Governor, kasich, there's a lot of tension in Cleveland over this verdict. We heard from a congresswoman hearing that it's a stunning setback, adding today, we're told again, our lives have no value. So, let me ask you, do you believe justice was served with this verdict? Well, look, the verdict is the verdict, Jon, I think the people of Cleveland handled -- they should be so proud of themselves and we should look at Cleveland as a model. The mayor, former senator turner, these are people who have said it's proper to protest but, at the same time, no violence, because violence in a community only destroys the community. Months ago, Jon, I created a task force on police and community, and I think that's also helped to send a message -- I hope, around the state that we need an integration of police and community. There were two recommendations up front the policy regarding the use of deadly force, and second, research into the recruiting and enrollment of police officers, minority police officers, so, I'm very, very sensitive to this issue. When there are large Numbers of people who don't think the system doesn't work for them, we have to respond to it. So, in Cleveland, across the state of Ohio, we have been very aggressive in terms of saying we hear you, we understand it, there are going to be a series of additional recommendations that's going to respond to the fact that community understands police and police need to understand community. There's going to be money for training, data collection. We have been over this fortunately we started this months ago, we're only the task force on police and community in the country and it's serving us well. But the credit goes to the leadership in Cleveland who have spoken with one voice, saying protest but no violence is acceptable in Cleveland. And of course, this is the second major case here, we had the tamir rice case, the 12 -year-old boy, again, unarmed, shot. This is going to take some time, what is it going to take to heal the community? Well, the rice case is something that we're all watching, we hope we'll get a resolution sooner rather than later. But what it's going to take is the ability to lift everyone, to make sure that people in these communities know that there's an opportunity for them, that there is hope, that people in authority are listening, that there will be solid responses and so, we're just not talking about our task force, we're talking about solid recommendations that we intend to carry out and senator Nina turner, african-american democrat, who I had as part of this leadership team, made up of pastors, community activists, they have come forward with unanimous recommendations. Not only in Cleveland but across the state of Ohio. This isn't the total solution. It means we're on top of it as best we can. Again, the people of Cleveland protests. They ought to protest. That's their right. But violence has been kept to an absolute minimum in that city and god bless the people of Cleveland.
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