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Tom Quinlan was selected in December as the new Columbus Police Chief.
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A new policy instituted last week requires Columbus police officers to release non-violent offenders with a court summons instead of putting them in jail.

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

Lion statue in front of Columbus Division of Police Central Headquarters.
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A Columbus Police officer was arrested Thursday on allegations of child pornography.

Columbus Police confront protesters at a demonstration downtown on June 2, 2020.
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An independent review of complaints against Columbus Police during this summer's protests found that the vast majority of excessive force allegations were unprovable due to lack of evidence or an inability to identify officers.

A Columbus Police officer speaks to protesters during demonstrations over police brutality and racism.
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This is part one of a two-part series about race inside the Columbus Division of Police. Read part two here.

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to include comments from Columbus Public Safety Director Ned Pettus, who oversees the Columbus Division of Police. He was interviewed prior to publication, but his comments were erroneously not included in the original story.

Columbus Police vehicles outside the division headquarters.
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Columbus Division of Police has changed its policy on identifying juveniles who are victims of crimes. 

Columbus Police vehicles outside the division headquarters.
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Columbus voters will have a chance to weigh in on police oversight in November. City leaders on Monday announced a charter amendment that would create a Civilian Review Board, a major goal of police reformers.

Columbus Police Chief Tom Quinlan at a press conference on Feb. 4, 2020.
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Ten people were shot in Columbus over the weekend, and three people were killed. According to the city of Columbus, all of the victims were under the age of 26. 

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.

Columbus Police confront protesters at a demonstration downtown on June 2, 2020.
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Columbus Police will no longer use tear gas to disperse peaceful crowds, Mayor Andrew Ginther announced Tuesday. 

Columbus Police used tear gas to disperse protesters on May 31, soon after arriving downtown.
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Exercise restraint. Use only the minimum amount of lawful force. Do not show anger.

Every officer in training in Ohio is taught crowd control policies, outlined in a document that Columbus Police Chief Tom Quinlan helped write. Following recent demonstrations over police violence, however, protesters question if Quinlan’s officers followed those guidelines.

Mayor Andrew Ginther announces the selection of Tom Quinlan as the new Chief of Columbus Police, on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019.
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In a heated meeting, Columbus Police Chief Tom Quinlan and Mayor Andrew Ginther checked in with the Safety Advisory Commission to give a progress report on reform recommendations and gather feedback on police response to protests.

People hand out water bottles and supplies as protesters march on High Street in Columbus on June 2, 2020.
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Columbus Police arrest records released Wednesday contradict repeated claims by Mayor Andrew Ginther and Chief Tom Quinlan that the destructive elements of local protests were led by "outside agitators."

Protesters hit with tear gas by Columbus Police on Saturday, May 30, 2020.
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Columbus Police Chief Tom Quinlan on Tuesday defended the use of pepper spray and tear gas during recent protests, arguing that deploying chemicals to disperse a crowd is more appropriate than arrest.

Protesters at the Ohio Statehouse lay on the ground chanting "I can't breathe" on Monday, June 1, 2020.
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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.

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