Elizabeth Brown

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

Columbus City Council on Tuesday is holding its first hearing on removing military-grade equipment from the Columbus Division of Police. 

St. Louis, St. Paul, Richmond, Boston — cities across the country have dismantled, torn down or removed their statues honoring the explorer Christopher Columbus. One of the more recent and more surprising additions to that list is his namesake: Columbus, Ohio. The city once had three Christopher Columbus statues.

Construction crews recently dismantled a marble statue on the campus of Columbus State Community College, loading it piece by piece onto a flatbed truck to be put into storage.

A small Columbus statue still stands on the lawn of the statehouse.

Removing Confederate Monuments

Jun 29, 2020
A statue of a Confederate soldier was beheaded at Camp Chase Cemetery in Columbus in August 2017.
Esther Honig / WOSU

This episode originally aired on June 24, 2020.

The statue of Christopher Columbus at City Hall will be removed in response to calls against the glorification of the man who colonized the Americas at the expense and slaughter of thousands of Indigenous people.

Columbus City Hall on April 15, 2020.
David Holm / WOSU

Columbus City Council is promising short-term reforms for the police and committing to longer term, structural transformation. Council members aim to complete the first wave of legislation by the end of July.

Removing Confederate Monuments

Jun 24, 2020
A statue of a Confederate soldier was beheaded at Camp Chase Cemetery in Columbus in August 2017.
Esther Honig / WOSU

The statue of Christopher Columbus at City Hall will be removed in response to calls against the glorification of the man who colonized the Americas at the expense and slaughter of thousands of Indigenous people.

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.
Nick Evans / WOSU

A rift is emerging between Columbus City Council and Mayor Andrew Ginther after police officers deployed pepper spray against protesters over the weekend, less than a week after the city banned the use of chemical agents against non-violent crowds.

A woman sits in the street with her fist raised while police gather on High Street.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Columbus City Council members are calling for charges to be dropped against protesters arrested for violating curfew and "failure to disperse."

Protesters at the Ohio Statehouse lay on the ground chanting "I can't breathe" on Monday, June 1, 2020.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Columbus' fifth full day of protests remained mostly peaceful, with police walking and even kneeling alongside protesters, until just after curfew when officers met demonstrators with pepper spray on the Ohio State campus.

Columbus Police officers maintain crowds around the Ohio Statehouse on May 30, 2020.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

With protesters again demonstrating in downtown Columbus, City Council on Monday voted to declare racism a public health crisis. 

Nationwide Arena
WOSU file photo

At the end of the last year, local officials struck two deals with Nationwide Realty Investors to retire debt associated with the 2012 purchase of Nationwide Arena. The original deal was built on casino tax revenues that never materialized. The new ones rely on diverted property taxes and hotel revenue.

Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus lights up for Pride Month.
Nationwide Children's Hospital

Nationwide Children’s Hospital is asking for tax abatements on a new for-profit gene therapy center. If granted, it would exempt the company from paying money to Columbus City Schools for 15 years. 

Paid Parental Leave

Jan 30, 2020
Rep. Kristin Boggs, from left, Rep. Janine Boyd and Elizabeth Brown, executive Columbus City Council member and director of Ohio Womens Public Policy Network, discuss a bill that would require 12 weeks of paid family leave in Ohio.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

The United States is one of three countries that do not offer some form of parental leave to new parents. 

Ohio State University Kirwan Institute

Columbus City Council voted Monday night to re-elect Shannon Hardin as president for the upcoming term.

Janitorial workers rally in downtown Columbus on Sept. 16, 2019 to call for a higher minimum wage.
Paige Pfleger

Janitorial workers gathered in downtown Columbus on Monday afternoon to rally for a $15 minimum wage. 

Boxes of tampons are displayed in a pharmacy, Monday, March 7, 2016, in New York.
Mark Lennihan / Associated Press

Columbus is expanding access to free tampons and pads to all municipal buildings. 

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