COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A task force studying methods to improve Ohio’s grand jury system says the state attorney general should be given exclusive authority to investigate cases involving police use of lethal force.
The group recommended Wednesday that county prosecutors be stripped of their power to investigate and prosecute fatal use of force by police officers.
The task force report says the move would increase public confidence since the state Attorney General’s Office doesn’t have close working relationships that the local prosecutor has with local officers who could be subjects of investigations.
The report says investigations by the attorney general’s bureau of criminal investigation would ensure uniformity in presenting grand juries statewide.
The group also recommended that some grand jury testimony and evidence should be released in limited cases to foster public confidence.