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State turns a blind eye

Register • Jul 9, 2013 at 9:50 AM

A recent agreement between the Ohio Highway Patrol and the U.S. Border Patrol to house a Patrol post at the Border Patrol headquarters in Port Clinton is an uncomfortable partnership. 

The State Highway Patrol is subject to Ohio laws when it comes to its law enforcement activities; the Border Patrol is not. 

The Border Patrol routinely apprehends people on the street without being accountable for what happens to those people. It does not have to disclose its activities or explain its actions. It has a practice of referring to people by offensive names, and that practice must meet with the approval of commanders because it appears they have done nothing to correct it. If they taken steps to educate agents that it is wrong to to use offensive names for people, it's not saying it took that corrective action. It doesn't have to. 

These practices are anti-American and they do not align with Ohio law either. 

It's apparent our representatives in Congress and our legislators in Columbus are unwilling or unable to take action to correct this behavior. 

But the egrigousness of that is made worse when the state forms a partnership with an agency and turns a blind eye to it.

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