Shannon Hardin

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.

In this Thursday, March 26, 2020, photo, this wi-fi-enabled school bus, seen at an apartment complex in Winnsboro, S.C., is one of many being sent to rural and lower-income areas around South Carolina to help students with distance learning.
Meg Kinnard / Associated Press

The city of Columbus announced Thursday that it is funding "learning extension centers" for students who are doing school online during the worsening COVID-19 pandemic.

Columbus mayor Andrew Ginther.
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As Columbus approaches a record-rate of homicides in 2020, city leaders are stepping up efforts to stop the violence. So far this year, 132 people have died due to violence.  The city is quickly approaching 2017 when a record 143 people died due to homicides.

Columbus Police vehicles outside the division headquarters.
David Holm / WOSU

The city of Columbus is introducing legislation to settle a Black police officer’s federal discrimination suit against the Columbus Division of Police. 

Police in riot gear in front of a protest at the Ohio Statehouse.
Jo Ingles / Statehouse News Bureau

Columbus City Council on Monday decided to table proposed restrictions on the police department's use of military equipment and non-lethal weapons like tear gas.

Columbus City Hall
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Columbus City Council on Monday night voted to add penalties to the city's face covering mandate. The ordinance replaces an executive order issued last week by Mayor Andrew Ginther, and requires residents over the age of 6 to wear facial coverings in all public spaces.

Columbus City Hall
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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.

A Columbus Police officer aims a pepper spray cannister at a protester's face on May 30, 2020.
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Columbus will adopt a set of restrictions on police use of force known as #8CantWait, even as the campaign’s organizers insist the policies should be considered merely a first step. 

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

Columbus Police will no longer use tear gas to disperse peaceful crowds, Mayor Andrew Ginther announced Tuesday. 

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.

Protests And Police

Jun 1, 2020
Crowds protesting the killing of George Floyd in downtown Columbus on Saturday, May 30, 2020.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

Black leaders across the country called on city and police officials to address police brutality and systemic racism.

In Columbus, leaders urged police reforms, starting with an independent investigation into police use of force.

Crowds protesting the killing of George Floyd in downtown Columbus on Saturday, May 30, 2020.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

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. 

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Nick Evans / WOSU

City leaders are urging protestors in Columbus to remain peaceful after clashes with the police on Thursday night.

Christopher Columbus statue in front of Columbus City Hall.
Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

For the fourth Monday in a row, there will be no Columbus City Council meeting due to the coronavirus pandemic. Council last met on March 16, just two days before Mayor Andrew Ginther declared a state of emergency for the city.