Excerpt from the editorial Viewpoing in Sunday's Register: House Bill 29 would prohibit Ohio law enforcement officers from boarding boats without probable cause that a crime has been committed or likely will be committed. We think that's good law.
But a huge drawback to this effort, however, is the fact it won't have any impact on the actions members of the U.S. Coast Guard or Border Patrol agents take when stopping boaters, or motorists, for that matter. The USCG has been aggressive boarding boats, and the Border Patrol is a federal agency that has both shown aggressive behavior and tactics toward the public without accountability.
While we appreciate state Rep. Rex Damschroder's efforts with House Bill 29, the lack of oversight over federal police agencies operating in Ohio is a serious deficiency worthy of attention from state lawmakers. The federal government should not be allowed to continue operating police agencies in Ohio without adhering to the same community standards that apply to every other law enforcement agency operating in the sate.
Allowing these federal agencies to operate using their own set of rules is a dangerous thing. Lawmakers should address that problem because ignoring it won't make it go away.