Shannon Hardin

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.
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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.

On Friday, March 22, 2019, a participant smokes a marijuana cigarette during at meet and greet at "Tommy Chong's Live, Love, and Smoke Tour" in Los Angeles.
Richard Vogel / Associated Press

Medical marijuana is still a new sight around Ohio, but the conversation is already shifting. Columbus City Council president Shannon Hardin wants to reduce penalties for marijuana possession, and he's taking the first step Thursday night at a public hearing in Council chambers.

Members of the Complete County Committee include city and county representatives. They are tasked with ensuring comprehensive data collection for the 2020 census.
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City of Columbus and Franklin County officials announced a new 2020 Census committee on Wednesday tasked with ensuring all residents are counted.

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

Columbus Council chambers buzzed last Thursday as finalists jockeying for two vacancies got ready to make their pitches to sitting members. It’s the first time Council members are conducting public hearings ahead of a vacancy appointment.

Marijuana
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As Ohio’s medical marijuana program comes closer to bearing fruit, Columbus leaders hope to join the growing number of U.S. cities decriminalizing recreational marijuana.

Columbus Blue Jackets John Tortorella head coach John Tortorella.
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Facing stiff opposition, Columbus leaders have downsized a proposed ticket tax. The new plan lowers the tax from 7 percent to 5 percent, and it also better defines where the money will go. But some opponents still threaten to take the issue to the ballot.

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