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A small memorial has been set up on Oberlin Drive in the yard next door to where Andre Hill was killed.
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Columbus Police Officer Adam Coy been fired from the department, Public Safety Director Ned Pettus announced Monday evening. City officials from Mayor Andrew Ginther to Police Chief Tom Quinlan had called for Coy's termination in response to the killing of Andre Hill. 

Mayor Andrew Ginther announces the selection of Tom Quinlan as the new Chief of Columbus Police, on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019.
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The city of Columbus has accepted the recommendations of a working grouped tasked with structuring the voter-approved Civilian Review Board, which will be tasked with providing independent oversight of the Columbus Division of Police.

Lion statue in front of Columbus Division of Police Central Headquarters.
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Columbus residents strongly approved the creation of a Civilian Review Board to carry out independent investigations of police misconduct, as well as the appointment of an inspector general for the Columbus Division of Police. With 100% of precincts reporting on election night, a clear majority voted in favor of the issue.

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

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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.

A Reynoldsburg Police cruiser
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As Columbus leaders turn to voters to approve police oversight measures, Reynoldsburg city officials and the local police union have reached an agreement in principle for a new Civilian Review Board. 

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien, right, speaks alongside Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac, left, during a news conference to discuss cases linked to Samuel Little, Friday, June 7, 2019, in Columbus.
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A grand jury last year indicted former Columbus Police Vice officer Andrew Mitchell on charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter for killing Donna Castleberry. It was first time in two decades that a Franklin County grand jury voted to indict an officer for fatally shooting a civilian.

Quentin Smith was found guilty of aggravated murder in the death of Westerville Police officers Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli.
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The Columbus police union on Thursday demanded the immediate removal of an attorney from the recently-formed Civilian Review Board working group, while responding to critical comments made by Mayor Andrew Ginther.

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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Mayor Andrew Ginther on Wednesday said the city is referring 56 Columbus Police incidents to third parties for possible administrative or criminal charges.

Lion statue in front of Columbus Division of Police Central Headquarters.
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The killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis Police officer sparked protests across the world and calls for change in police practices. Some activists are calling for severe measures such as defunding or abolishing police departments, while lawmakers are seeking more incremental reforms.

A loud and longtime complaint of civil rights activists and police reform advocates is that police unions are part of the problem of police brutality. Unions are designed to protect their members, and when it comes to officers charged with wrongdoing or excessive force, that means police unions are too often protecting bad cops and saving their jobs.

With Congress exploring legislation that would reshape what policing should look like in America following the death of George Floyd, the head of the nation's largest law enforcement union says he agrees with the growing consensus over the need for reform.

Columbus Police used tear gas to disperse protesters on May 31, soon after arriving downtown.
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Hours ahead of the city's second night of curfew, Columbus Police deployed tear gas on protesters and blocked off streets downtown.

Crowds protesting the killing of George Floyd in downtown Columbus on Saturday, May 30, 2020.
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Gov. Mike DeWine is calling the Ohio National Guard into service after three days of violent protests in downtown Columbus.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther announced a city-wide curfew from 10 p.m.-6 a.m. beginning Saturday. Anyone on the streets past then can be arrested, he said. 

Rhonda Grizzell, Columbus Police's new Wellness Bureau Commander, has been pushing for officer wellness initiatives for years.
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Rhonda Grizzell leads me up a curved staircase to a conference room in the Columbus Police headquarters downtown. As she takes the new role of Wellness Bureau Commander, her office is in disarray while she switches working spaces.