Columbus Police

Columbus Police vehicles outside the division headquarters.
David Holm / WOSU

The city of Columbus is introducing legislation to settle a Black police officer’s federal discrimination suit against the Columbus Division of Police. 

A Columbus Police officer aims a pepper spray cannister at a protester's face on May 30, 2020.
Katie Forbes / Kforbesphotography

The killing of Minneapolis man George Floyd in May sparked protests across the nation. Since his death, there’s been a stream of Columbus demonstrations demanding police reform. 

Police Reform

Oct 2, 2020
A protester holds up a sign saying "Defund the police" on June 6, 2020, in New York.
Ragan Clark / Associated Press

This episode originally aired Sept. 22, 2020.

Calls for police reform sparked by the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor have echoed in cities and statehouses across the country.

Lion statue in front of Columbus Division of Police Central Headquarters.
David Holm / WOSU

A Columbus Police officer was arrested Thursday on allegations of child pornography.

Police Reform

Sep 22, 2020
State troopers and police officers blocking the intersection of High and State streets. Police vehicles took over the center turning lane for nearly two blocks of High Street between Broad and Town Streets on Sunday, June 21, 2020.
Nick Evans / WOSU

Calls for police reform sparked by the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor have echoed in cities and statehouses across the country.

Attorneys representing a growing number of plaintiffs in a federal civil rights lawsuit against Columbus police question the validity of the city-funded investigation into alleged misconduct during the late May and early June protests downtown.

Police in riot gear in front of a protest at the Ohio Statehouse.
Jo Ingles / Statehouse News Bureau

Columbus City Council on Monday decided to table proposed restrictions on the police department's use of military equipment and non-lethal weapons like tear gas.

Columbus Police confront protesters at a demonstration downtown on June 2, 2020.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

An independent review of complaints against Columbus Police during this summer's protests found that the vast majority of excessive force allegations were unprovable due to lack of evidence or an inability to identify officers.

Paige Pfleger / WOSU

This is part two of a two-part series about race inside Columbus Division of Police. Read part one here

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to include comments from Columbus Public Safety Director Ned Pettus, who oversees the Columbus Division of Police. He was interviewed prior to publication, but his comments were erroneously not included in the original story.

Protests erupted in June 2016 after the fatal police shooting of Henry Green.
Esther Honig / WOSU

The U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has re-opened the door for a wrongful death lawsuit against Columbus Police officers Zachary Rosen and Jason Bare, over the fatal shooting of Henry Green in 2016.

A Columbus Police officer speaks to protesters during demonstrations over police brutality and racism.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

This is part one of a two-part series about race inside the Columbus Division of Police. Read part two here.

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to include comments from Columbus Public Safety Director Ned Pettus, who oversees the Columbus Division of Police. He was interviewed prior to publication, but his comments were erroneously not included in the original story.

A Columbus Police officer aims a pepper spray cannister at a protester's face on May 30, 2020.
Katie Forbes / Kforbesphotography

A federal appeals court ruled a Columbus Police officer is protected by qualified immunity after pepper-spraying a protester in 2017. 

Columbus Division of Police Central Headquarters.
David Holm / WOSU

The Columbus Division of Police received a higher percentage of "diverse" applicants to the department this year than it did last year, department officials say. However, the total number of applications is down, a trend seen by law enforcement agencies across the U.S.

Mayor Andrew Ginther tours a former supermarket that the city is turning into a free market and pharmacy in Linden.
Debbie Holmes / WOSU

Columbus leaders on Wednesday announced new initiatives aimed at stopping the summer's spike in gun violence.

Columbus Police vehicles outside the division headquarters.
David Holm / WOSU

Columbus Division of Police has changed its policy on identifying juveniles who are victims of crimes. 

Balloons were tied to a utility pole on Seymour Avenue in memory of Tahjze Patterson, who was shot on August 4.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

Diamaunte Hale recently moved to Seymour Avenue on Columbus' East Side. He says carrying a gun here is normal.

“In this type of neighborhood, guns are needed,” Hale says. “But it’s regulation. Police are out here 24/7, so guns is on hips and holsters.”

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