Shannon Hardin

Columbus City Hall on April 15, 2020.
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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 on April 15, 2020.
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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.
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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. 

Shannon Hardin
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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.

Taylor Williams, left, and other shoppers what in line to enter a Traders Joes store, Monday, April 6, 2020, in Woodmere Village, Ohio. Only 25 customers are allowed in the store at one time.
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In a newsletter this week, Columbus City Council president Shannon Hardin had a prediction: “Coronavirus may not discriminate, but underlying health and economic disparities mean that the impacts of COVID-19 will hit neighborhoods like the Near East Side and Southfield the hardest.”

Ohio State University Kirwan Institute

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

The Ohio State University

Ahead of the Buckeyes game against Penn State, a stretch of North High street from Lane Avenue to Dodridge will be reduced to three lanes on Saturday, with the fourth dedicated solely to bus bike and scooter traffic.

Marijuana plants
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Columbus City Council votes Monday night on a plan to reduce penalties for marijuana possession in the city code.

Body camera footage shows of a Columbus Police Officer who punched a man on Heyl Avenue last week.
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UPDATE: On June 28, City Attorney Zach Klein dismissed charges against Jonathan Robinson. Read our original story below.

A weekend incident on Columbus’ South Side is forcing city officials and residents to once again wrestle with the lines of justifiable use of force by police officers.

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