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Debbie Holmes

After 23 years as a school resource officer, Larry Howell says he'll miss working at Whetstone High School. In June, Columbus City Schools decided not to renew its contract with the Columbus Division of Police following protests over police presence in schools. 

With less than 100 days until the 2020 presidential election, Ohio's 18 electoral votes are in play.

The state went for President Trump in 2016, and Ashtabula County is one reason why.

Protesters on the sidewalk of the Ohio Statehouse face Columbus Police officers, who stood in the middle of High Street, on June 1, 2020.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Two months after massive protests took over downtown Columbus, City Council has signed off on asking voters if they want independent police oversight.

City of Cleveland officials sought on Friday to refute concerns that the federal government is sending federal agents to Cleveland to replicate the scenes in Portland, Ore., where agents from the Department of Homeland Security detained protestors using unmarked vans.

Officials called the conference to address news of Cleveland’s inclusion in Operation Legend, a federal law enforcement operation that sends agents from several federal agencies to cities to combat crime.

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

Columbus leaders announced a $250,000 independent review of the police department and city's response to recent protests in Columbus. 

As tributes pour in for John Lewis, so do proposals for ways to honor the legacy of the long-time congressman and civil rights icon, who died at age 80 on Friday.

Suggestions range from renaming a historic bridge to passing voting rights legislation to holding a pandemic-safe public memorial.

John Sanders was partially blinded by a police projectile during the George Floyd demonstration in Downtown Cleveland on May 30. It turns out he wasn’t the only one.

Hand prints in red paint were left on the west columns and stairs at the Ohio Statehouse as part of a protest on June 18.
Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

Recent vandalism to the Ohio Statehouse and other high-profile government buildings has prompted an outcry from some of the state’s top leaders. Now, Ohio lawmakers are considering a bill that would allow the Ohio Attorney General to go after those who damage public buildings.

Following nationwide protests of police brutality against Black people, local governments across the country are reevaluating police practices. In Dayton, the city commission has launched five working groups to address police reform which will begin meeting this month. But some local leaders who have worked on these issues for years question whether the new plan will lead to real change. 

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

A group of protesters have filed a federal lawsuit against Columbus Police for injuries they sustained in late May and early June, alleging that officers used excessive force and violated their constitutional rights.

University Settlement, a nonprofit community center, sits on a busy section of Broadway Avenue in Slavic Village: four lanes of cars, trucks, motorcycles, city buses.

It's the kind of place where, if you want to make a visual statement, people will see it.

And making a statement is exactly what a group of employees and residents are doing in the building’s parking lot on a recent Friday. They use ropes and pulleys to raise a sign onto University Settlement’s facade.

June 2020 was a pride month that looked different from past years, and not just because people were socially distancing and wearing masks: Demonstrations for LGBTQ equality overlapped with protests against violence and systemic racism against Black people.

At the intersection of these two fights for equality are Black transgender people.

Imara Jones, an independent journalist and founder of TransLash media, told NPR's All Things Considered, that this moment has been "a crucible."

Protesters on the sidewalk of the Ohio Statehouse face Columbus Police officers, who stood in the middle of High Street, on June 1, 2020.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

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

From left to right: A photograph of Nicole Derifield-West's niece to the left, herself, and niece flying a kite.
Nicole Derifield-West

WOSU's Letters from Home collects stories about day-to-day lives during the coronavirus pandemic. This week, we heard from Ohioans who shared their experiences and stories.

Hand prints in red paint were left on the west columns and stairs at the Ohio Statehouse as part of a protest on June 18.
Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

Some Ohio leaders are expressing anger over damage at the Ohio Statehouse after protests in downtown Columbus – with one even suggesting the state consider a kind of secession from the capital city.

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