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“While I fully support everyone's right to free speech, Guardsmen and women are sworn to protect all of us, regardless of race, ethnic background, or religion,” the governor said. “Our Ohio National Guard members are in a position of trust and authority during times of crisis, and anyone who displays malice toward specific groups of Americans has no place in the Ohio National Guard.”
The governor added that he’s directed Maj. Gen. John Harris to work with Public Safety Director Tom Stickrath to set up a procedure to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future.
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The Ohio National Guard and Ohio Department of Public Safety are cooperating with the FBI during its investigation.
DeWine made the announcement during a coronavirus briefing on Friday, but did not give any details the guardsman’s views entailed.
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