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Police Chief Tom Quinlan announces the division's reorganization.
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The Columbus Division of Police announced an organizational restructuring that went into effect this weekend, including a replacement for the disbanded Vice Unit.

A woman has pleaded not guilty to charges of filing a false misconduct report against Columbus Police Vice officer Whitney Lancaster.

Carla Hoover, a former dancer at the strip club Kahoots, says she was forced out of the industry by Columbus Police.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

A billboard advertising the strip club Kahoots hovers over Henderson Road on the edge of Upper Arlington. It features pink lettering, and a woman whose eyes look directly at passerby.

This is where Carla Hoover says she used to dance before being forced out of the industry.

Six former workers at Kahoots strip club in northwest Columbus say they were unjustly arrested by Columbus Police Vice officers.
Adora Namigadde / WOSU

Six former workers at Kahoots strip club in northwest Columbus have filed a federal lawsuit against two Columbus Police Vice officers, saying they were unjustly arrested.

Columbus Police Vice officer Andrew Mitchell was arrested Monday for allegedly kidnapping and sexually assaulting multiple women, while acting under his duties as a police officer.
Justice Department

A federal grand jury indicted former Columbus Police officer Andrew Mitchell on two additional charges Thursday.

At a rally last year, a protester holds up a picture of Donna Castleberry, who was shot and killed in the undercover car of former Vice officer Andrew Mitchell in August 2018.
Katie Forbes / KRForbesPhotography

The future of Columbus Police is uncertain following the end of the Vice Unit. One former officer, Andrew Mitchell, faces federal and state charges. Two other officers have been relieved of duty. While the department and FBI continue their investigations, the city has launched a nationwide search for a new police chief.

Below is a timeline of major events in the case so far. This post will be updated as more information develops.

Cleveland Avenue is considered a hot spot for sex work.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Advocates say referrals to a Franklin County specialty docket for people arrested for sex work were down 50 percent in 2018, at least in part because of the suspension and eventual disbandment of the Columbus Division of Police's Vice Unit.

Columbus Police Vice officer Andrew Mitchell was arrested Monday for allegedly kidnapping and sexually assaulting multiple women, while acting under his duties as a police officer.
Justice Department

Former Columbus Police Vice officer Andrew Mitchell pleaded not guilty to charges of murder and manslaughter in court Friday. He is being held without bond after being indicted by a grand jury in the fatal shooting of Donna Castleberry.

Columbus Police Vice officer Andrew Mitchell was arrested Monday for allegedly kidnapping and sexually assaulting multiple women, while acting under his duties as a police officer.
Justice Department

A Franklin County grand jury indicted former Columbus Police Vice officer Andrew Mitchell on charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter stemming from the fatal shooting of Donna Castleberry last August. 

Columbus Police Vice officer Andrew Mitchell was arrested Monday for allegedly kidnapping and sexually assaulting multiple women, while acting under his duties as a police officer.
Justice Department

Former Columbus Police Vice Officer Andrew Mitchell has pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping women and forcing them to have sex under threat of an arrest. Mitchell is currently being held without bond.

Columbus Police officer stands in front of protesters at a vigil for Donna Castleberry, who was killed in August by an undercover Columbus Vice officer.
Katie Forbes / KRForbesPhotography

After months of public scrutiny, investigations, lawsuits and arrests, the Columbus Police Vice Unit met its end in a minute-long video on social media.

Columbus Police Vice officer Andrew Mitchell was arrested Monday for allegedly kidnapping and sexually assaulting multiple women, while acting under his duties as a police officer.
Justice Department

Columbus Police Vice officer Andrew Mitchell has retired in "bad standing" from the department, days after being indicted by the Justice Department on seven federal charges.

Columbus Division of Police has abolished its Vice Unit, effective immediately.

Columbus Police Vice officer Andrew Mitchell was arrested Monday for allegedly kidnapping and sexually assaulting multiple women, while acting under his duties as a police officer.
Justice Department

Columbus Police Vice officer Andrew Mitchell will remain in jail ahead of his federal trial. Mitchell is charged with allegedly kidnapping multiple women under the pretense of arrest and forcing them to have sex in exchange for their freedom.

Columbus Police Vice officer Andrew Mitchell was arrested Monday for allegedly kidnapping and sexually assaulting multiple women, while acting under his duties as a police officer.
Justice Department

Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein announced on Tuesday that his office will review and possibly dismiss open and pending cases that solely involve Columbus Police Vice officer Andrew Mitchell.

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