I found this very interesting not just from a law enforcement perspective, but more from a 2A perspective. I have not researched this yet, this is the first I've heard about it.
A new court ruling could force some police officers off the force.
The Ohio Court of Appeals recently ruled that an people with past drug convictions have to give up their right to carry a gun.
The ruling in February said that an officer with a minor or misdemeanor drug possession conviction would result in a disability for the officer to carry a gun.
It started after a Hamilton County case went to the appellate court.
The appellate court heard the case and tried to get the Supreme Court to make a ruling. The Supreme Court turned it down. That meant the appellate order stands.
It actually affects every citizen, but since officers need guns to work, it affects them more immediately.
A number of Cincinnati police officers have already been suspended due to the ruling.
The department said it had no choice but to take them off the street.
"They were notified at noon Friday. The union is helping to point officers in the right direction and help clear up questions, but the city or union cannot help with representation. Officers are told to hire private representation. A unknown number of officers are currently suspended. Still a new issue, as it just came out friday, so they're still trying to assess the impact," Fraternal Order of Police President Kathy Harrell said.
In a memo sent from Chief Tom Streicher, the top cop told his officers that everyone's criminal history will be scrutinized.
"So it's up to each officer to take steps to safeguard their jobs. Obviously, you can't be a police officer very long without the ability to carry a weapon," attorney Jay Clark said.
Clark and a number of other attorneys said they have already been contacted by officers.