Budget Hearing Break Down, Bethel Protests, Police Reform Heat Up; Goodbye Polly Campbell

Jun 19, 2020

Cincinnati City Council's budget hearing Thursday night ended abuptly when the crowd's booing at one of the speakers led Chairman David Mann to walk out. Outside the Convention Center, where the hearing was held, a protest filled the street with calls to defund the police.

Cincinnati Enquirer reporter Briana Rice was there and joins us with response from the protesters.

Also this week, videos and photos from recent protests in the Clermont County village of Bethel drew national attention after a Black Lives Matter demonstration was dwarfed by counter protestors, some of whom identified as bikers, carried guns, allegedly assaulted others, and were heard hurling racial epithets.

Clermont Sun reporter Megan Alley and WKRC-TV reporter Brad Underwood were there and join us to talk about what happened, and what may happen next.

Meanwhile, Governor Mike Dewine announced his proposals to reform policing in the state of Ohio. The measures would include changes to recruitment, training and oversight, all in response to the anti-racism protests. 

Ohio Public Radio Statehouse News Bureau reporter Andy Chow is here to talk about it.

And longtime Cincinnati Enquirer food writer and critic Polly Campbell is retiring after more than two decades here. She joins us to talk about her career, food and what she will miss.

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