Ohio Gov. John Kasich called for better police-community relations and condemned the recent slayings of police officers at the NAACP national conference in Cincinnati on the eve of the Republican National Convention.
“See, I think we all want the same thing,” Kasich said Sunday. “We all want our children to do well. We all want peace and tranquility in our neighborhoods.”
Kasich’s comments drew a contrast with presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, who has responded to the police shootings by amplifying a campaign call for “law and order,” and declined an invitation to speak at the NAACP event.
A gunman fatally shot three police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Sunday and wounded three others. Earlier this month, five Dallas law enforcement officials were killed and nine injured in another mass shooting incident. The shootings followed the killing of two African-American men by police in Baton Rouge and Falcon Heights, Minnesota, respectively.
Kasich is not scheduled to speak at the Republican convention.
Kasich, who opposed Trump for the GOP nomination, touted programs he introduced in his own state after a series of police shootings as a national model. Those initiatives include a bipartisan special board that has been working on statewide policy for use of deadly force, improving recruiting of police to reflect more community diversity, developing data collection, and improving police-community understanding from both sides.
Hillary Clinton is scheduled to speak at the NAACP convention Monday morning.