Who is Jason Meade, SWAT deputy who shot Ohio Black man Casey Goodson?

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Franklin County Sheriff’s SWAT deputy who shot and killed Casey Goodson Jr. on Dec. 4 is also a Baptist pastor and has used his faith to justify law enforcement’s use of force.

Michael Jason Meade, a 17-year sheriff’s department veteran who goes by Jason, described use of force as “righteous release” in a 2018 video interview posted on YouTube by the Franklin County Sheriff’s office.

“Every now and then you have to actually use force,” Meade said in the video, called “Connecting with the Community.”

“We don’t go around looking for it because we don’t have to,” he said. “Plenty of people out there will give you that opportunity …”

He says that people say Jesus said to turn the other cheek, but he responds by telling them to read the Bible. He said Jesus isn’t talking about physically getting slapped in the side of the face.

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