Shannon Hardin

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.

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. 

Columbus City Hall
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Columbus City Council passed a handful of amendments to the 2021 city budget on Thursday, including one that suspends police hiring until a recruiting audit concludes later this year. 

Body camera footage from Columbus Police officer Adam Coy just after the fatal shooting of Andre Maurice Hill on Dec. 22, 2020.
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Columbus City Council holds its first hearing on Monday night for Andre’s Law, a provision that requires police to activate cameras and provide first aid on the scene.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther calls for the firing of Officer Adam Coy seen on body cam video shooting a Black man who was holding a cell phone, at a news conference on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020.
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Columbus leaders unveiled a list of planned police reforms on Thursday, including $4.5 million for new body cameras and a proposal to enforce their use, a month after the city faced two incidents in which white law enforcement officers shot and killed Black men.

Law enforcement erected barriers at the Ohio Statehouse ahead of potentially armed protests on Sunday.
Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

The city of Columbus announced that it will close City Hall and surrounding buildings Tuesday and Wednesday to promote safety around President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. They will already be closed Monday, January 18 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Protestors stand in the street holding signs that spell out Casey Goodson Jr.'s name.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Columbus City Council is asking for public input on policing ahead of a series of town halls that begin next week. 

Rev. Al Sharpton flanked by (from left) Bishop Timothy Clarke of the First Church of God, Attorney Michael Wright and Attorney Ben Crump after a memorial for Andre Hill on Jan. 5, 2021..
Nick Evans / WOSU

Andre Hill was laid to rest in Columbus on Tuesday. A memorial service at the First Church of God in Southeast Columbus brought together friends and family members as well as a string of elected officials.

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Body camera footage from Columbus Police officer Adam Coy just after the fatal shooting of Andre Maurice Hill on Dec. 22, 2020.
Columbus Police

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost will serve as special prosecutor in the fatal shooting of Andre Hill, an unarmed Black man, by Columbus Police Officer Adam Coy last week.

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther calls for the firing of Officer Adam Coy seen on body cam video shooting a Black man who was holding a cell phone, at a news conference on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020.
Andrew Welsh-Huggins / Associated Press

On Wednesday morning, Mayor Andrew Ginther attended the funeral of Casey Goodson Jr., a Black man killed by a Franklin County Sheriff’s deputy less than three weeks ago. Hours later, the mayor lamented that the city is yet again mourning a Black man killed by a law enforcement officer.

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.
Andrew Welsh-Huggins / Associated Press

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.

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