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A Columbus Police officer aims a pepper spray cannister at a protester's face on May 30, 2020.
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Columbus will adopt a set of restrictions on police use of force known as #8CantWait, even as the campaign’s organizers insist the policies should be considered merely a first step. 

Franklin County jail in downtown Columbus.
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A small group of lawyers and activists known as the Columbus Freedom Fund has received tens of thousands of dollars in donations to bail out protesters arrested during recent demonstrations. The group's sudden rise to prominence, however, has raised questions: Who are they, and how exactly are they using the money?

Columbus Police confront protesters at a demonstration downtown on June 2, 2020.
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Columbus Police will no longer use tear gas to disperse peaceful crowds, Mayor Andrew Ginther announced Tuesday. 

Columbus Police confront protesters at a demonstration downtown on June 2, 2020.
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Columbus is planning to dismiss all charges against those arrested for breaking curfew during the last few weeks' protests.

A woman sits in the street with her fist raised while police gather on High Street.
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Columbus City Council members are calling for charges to be dropped against protesters arrested for violating curfew and "failure to disperse."

Protesters on the sidewalk of the Ohio Statehouse face Columbus Police officers, who stood in the middle of High Street, on June 1, 2020.
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Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein is recommending the appointment of a special counsel to perform an independent investigation into Columbus Division of Police, following complaints about the department's use of force during recent protests.

Lucky Bones is one of several hundred businesses reported to Franklin County Public Health since the stay-at-home order went into effect.
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At Lucky Bones, a pet grooming and day care center in Canal Winchester, the outgoing message on their voicemail is chipper but blunt: “We have just been informed by the state of Ohio that we have to close our business and all services until further notice."

Columbus Police Car
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As Ohio's stay-at-home order continues, Columbus Police reports that domestic violence calls are on the rise. That's spurred the Columbus City Attorney to start offering a texting service to help victims.

The new CHOICES domestic violence shelter which opened in January and can accomodate up to 120 people and currently has a waitlist of more than 40 people.
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Sue Villilo directs LSS CHOICES For Victims Of Domestic Violence. At their shelter in Columbus, the phone lines have been less busy these past few weeks.

“We actually have a little bit of a dip in seeking services right now. I think to some extent that isn’t too surprising,” Villilo says. “It’s probably harder for people to contact us if they’re in the home with the abuser.”

City Atty. Zach Klein and Columbus Councilmember Shayla Favor.
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Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein is expressing alarm after Columbus saw three domestic violence homicides in three weeks. 

Columbus Police Car
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In the last 10 years, Columbus City Council has approved almost $5.4 million in payments to settle 35 civil lawsuits related to the Division Of Police.

Vacant homes boarded up along Warren Avenue on Columbus' West Side.
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Bright orange “vacant” signs hang from the boarded-up doors and windows of houses on Warren Avenue. This West Side neighborhood has kept Columbus Police Officer Edward Chung quite busy on patrol.

In this Oct. 4, 2017 file photo, a bump stock is attached to a semi-automatic rifle at the Gun Vault store and shooting range in South Jordan, Utah.
Rick Bowmer / Associated Press

A divided Ohio Supreme Court has accepted an appeal by Columbus to keep its ban on bump stocks, an accessory that allows semi-automatic weapons to fire rapidly.

City Atty. Zach Klein and Columbus Councilmember Shayla Favor.
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Columbus this week launched its Intimate Partner Homicide Prevention Project, a federal grant-assisted program designed to overcome hurdles in implementing domestic violence-related gun laws.

In this Oct. 11, 2018, file photo, adult film actress Stormy Daniels attends the opening of the adult entertainment fair 'Venus' in Berlin, Germany.
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Stormy Daniels has settled a civil suit with the city of Columbus and a group of former Vice Unit officers who arrested her last year at a strip club.

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