police reform

Protesters in downtown Columbus on June 1, 2020.
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A new data analysis shows that Franklin County has the highest rate of any Ohio county for deaths at the hands of police.

Columbus Police vehicles outside the division headquarters.
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Columbus City Council has dropped a plan to delay the hiring of police recruits. Council president Shannon Hardin abandoned the proposal on Monday, saying he lacked the votes needed to pass the measure as part of the city budget.

Protesters march in downtown Columbus on June 2, 2020.
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Columbus Police officers should be barred from using force to disperse peaceful demonstrators, a group of anti-racism protesters is arguing in a hearing underway in federal court.

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.
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Last summer, as protesters demanding racial justice flooded Columbus streets, a meme began passing around social media, depicting the city budget as a bar graph with police spending dwarfing every other expenditure. 

Cincinnati council members may be voting soon to limit how and when the police department can use no-knock warrants. But whether the council has the authority to make those limitations is up for debate. And the police department has been mostly mum on the issue. But a collection of 15 years of data on no-knock warrants show they have been mostly issued in historically Black neighborhoods and Black people are most often arrested.

Protestors stand in the street holding signs that spell out Casey Goodson Jr.'s name.
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Columbus City Council is asking for public input on policing ahead of a series of town halls that begin next week. 

The Black Lives Matter movement became an international phenomenon in 2020. As protesters took to the streets in cities across the U.S. in the aftermath of the police killing of George Floyd, a Black man in Minneapolis, Minn., so did demonstrators in other countries — all with a similar message: Black lives matter.

"There is a George Floyd in every country," South Africa-based journalist Lynsey Chutel tells NPR's David Greene during a recent roundtable interview.

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.

Protesters confront officers at the Ohio Statehouse on Monday, June 1, 2020.
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Law enforcement agencies must develop policies for handling mass protests that protect public and officer safety while upholding constitutional rights of expression, assembly, and freedom of the press, Gov. Mike DeWine said Friday in announcing a new police certification standard.

Columbus Council members Emmanuel Remy and Shayla Favor, Mayor Andrew Ginther, and members Elizabeth Brown and Rob Dorans at an October press conference.
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Columbus City Council held a meeting Monday to outline its public safety plans ahead of budget deliberations.

Columbus Police confront protesters at a demonstration downtown on June 2, 2020.
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Columbus residents voted overwhelmingly last week to add more oversight of police. Issue 2, which passed with about 74% of the vote, creates a new Civilian Review Board and an inspector general for the Columbus Division of Police. 

Voters this week had their say on what police reform would look like, approving dozens of measures that will begin shaping policies at departments across the country.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien giving closing arguments in the case of Quentin Smith, who killed two Westerville Police officers, on Oct. 31, 2019.
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Long-time Republican prosecutor Ron O'Brien lost his bid for a seventh term. O'Brien conceded the race early Wednesday morning to Democratic retired judge Gary Tyack.

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.

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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No-knock warrants have gotten a lot of attention – most notably in the death of Breonna Taylor, who was killed in March during a shootout between her boyfriend and police in Louisville, Ky.