As Columbus sees its 111th homicide this year — already more than the total number of homicides in 2016 — Mayor Andrew Ginther announced he would expand existing efforts to reduce gun violence in the city.
Almost 20 years after the federal government sued Columbus, alleging police routinely violated residents' civil rights, Columbus is facing more than two dozen complaints raising similar concerns, records show.
After Columbus Police officer Joseph Bogard was temporarily relieved of duty for inappropriate comments, his punishment was a written reprimand by the Chief of Police. Now, Bogard has returned to work.
Zachary Rosen was fired from the Columbus Division of Police in July for kicking a handcuffed suspect in the head, an incident caught on video and which Mayor Andrew Ginther called “unacceptable and inconsistent with our values as a community.”
Community activists are following up on demands they made last week about Columbus Police behavior with a protest Monday evening. Disciplining one officer, they say, is not enough to repair lost trust.