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Carla Hoover, a former dancer at the strip club Kahoots, says she was forced out of the industry by Columbus Police.
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A billboard advertising the strip club Kahoots hovers over Henderson Road on the edge of Upper Arlington. It features pink lettering, and a woman whose eyes look directly at passerby.

This is where Carla Hoover says she used to dance before being forced out of the industry.

Six former workers at Kahoots strip club in northwest Columbus say they were unjustly arrested by Columbus Police Vice officers.
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Six former workers at Kahoots strip club in northwest Columbus have filed a federal lawsuit against two Columbus Police Vice officers, saying they were unjustly arrested.

At a rally last year, a protester holds up a picture of Donna Castleberry, who was shot and killed in the undercover car of former Vice officer Andrew Mitchell in August 2018.
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The future of Columbus Police is uncertain following the end of the Vice Unit. One former officer, Andrew Mitchell, faces federal and state charges. Two other officers have been relieved of duty. While the department and FBI continue their investigations, the city has launched a nationwide search for a new police chief.

Below is a timeline of major events in the case so far. This post will be updated as more information develops.

Stormy Daniels speaks during a ceremony for her receiving a City Proclamation and Key to the City on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 in West Hollywood, Calif.
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Stormy Daniels has filed a federal civil rights unit against the Columbus Police Vice Unit, claiming her July arrest was the result of a “political vendetta.”

Stormy Daniels speaks during a ceremony for her receiving a City Proclamation and Key to the City on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 in West Hollywood, Calif.
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Stormy Daniels’ co-defendants Miranda Panda and Brittany Walters filed a lawsuit in federal district court Tuesday morning alleging Columbus Police Vice Unit officers wrongfully arrested them in July.

Stormy Daniels speaks during a ceremony for her receiving a City Proclamation and Key to the City on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 in West Hollywood, Calif.
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Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein says he’s willing to reopen old cases and potentially erase the convictions of people under a state law meant to limit touching in strip clubs. 

Stormy Daniels speaks during a ceremony for her receiving a City Proclamation and Key to the City on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 in West Hollywood, Calif.
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After the arrest of porn star Stormy Daniels at a Columbus strip club, City Attorney Zach Klein is refusing to prosecute charges filed under the state’s "Community Defense Act," citing problems with its drafting. But it’s unclear what that means for people were previously charged under the law.

Stormy Daniels speaks during a ceremony for her receiving a City Proclamation and Key to the City on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 in West Hollywood, Calif.
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A week after dropping charges against Stormy Daniels, who was arrested by undercover officers at a Columbus strip club, the Columbus City Attorney also dropped charges against two other women involved in the same performance.

Vice Police Officers

Jul 17, 2018
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Adult-film star Stormy Daniels attracted attention in march when she sued President Trump, claiming he never signed a non-disclosure agreement that keeps her from discussing an alleged year-long affair before Trump ran for president.