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Statement from Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz


June 22, 2020: According to the Toledo Mayor’s Office, Toledo Police will no longer use military-style camouflage; the police internal affairs division will be moved out of the Safety Building into One Government Center, Suite 1900, on Aug. 3; and the investigation into potential actions by police officers will be completed by the end of July—Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz announced today.


Mayor Kapszukiewicz also announced that nearly three hours of police audio from May 30 would be released today. The audio encompasses the time period from approximately 11 a.m. until midnight. The system does not record “dead air,” meaning it does not record when no one is speaking.


The audio can be found at this link:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/16BXYkntHXxuIgq7Jtv7cqIjL1w69WakU/view?usp=sharing.


Mayor Kapszukiewicz added: “As I said before, it is my most sincere hope that we will emerge as a stronger community, in solidarity, dedicated to real reforms that address the longtime barriers that have existed nationwide for communities of color. To that end, Toledo will leverage $55 million of our federal Community Development Block Grant funding over five years to address inequities in areas such as housing, job training, and education.”


“Toledo wants to be a national leader, and these reforms help move us in that direction,” the mayor said. “We can support both the right to peacefully protest and good policing strategies at the same time, and that is what we are doing today.”



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