COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW) — Governor Mike DeWine publicly condemned those who vandalized the Ohio Statehouse on Thursday.
According to our sister station WCMH, red handprints were stamped around the steps and walls of the property. Witnesses told a reporter that the group wanted to symbolize the “blood on officers hands and blood caused by police brutality.”
“I have spoken with Ohio State Highway Patrol Col. Richard Fambro about security at the Statehouse, and I shared with him my anger and disgust at the vandalism that occurred at the Ohio Statehouse yesterday,” said Gov. DeWine in a press release.
He went on to say that he supports the right to peacefully protest but is against defacing, damaging, and vandalizing the state capitol and grounds. He also noted such acts are criminal.
“The Ohio State Highway Patrol is conducting a criminal investigation into yesterday’s acts, and they will send their findings to the appropriate authorities for potential prosecution,” he continued.
Crews are working to clean up the mess left behind. However, one protester reportedly told troopers this isn’t the last time something like this will happen.