Vice Officers

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WOSU coverage of the Columbus Police Vice Unit, which was dissolved in 2019 but remains under federal investigation. Find stories on former Vice officer Andrew Mitchell here, and all WOSU's reporting on Columbus Police here.

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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.
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A Franklin County judge has set a $1 million bond for former Columbus Police Vice Unit officer Andrew Mitchell, who is charged with murder and voluntary manslaughter in the 2018 shooting death of Donna Castleberry. 

View from the future 1 Divine Line 2 Health drop-in center.
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A red van with cartoon decal is parked along the side of a road in the Hilltop. Several women gather outside the van, taking turns to approach for items like clothing and some donuts donated by a local bakery. 

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Fired Columbus Police Vice officers Steven Rosser and Whitney Lancaster have been arrested on federal civil rights charges.

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In the last 10 years, Columbus City Council has approved almost $5.4 million in payments to settle 35 civil lawsuits related to the Division Of Police.

Six former workers at Kahoots strip club in northwest Columbus say they were unjustly arrested by Columbus Police Vice officers.
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The city of Columbus is paying $185,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by six former strip club dancers who claim they were wrongly arrested as retaliation by police.

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 new federal lawsuit accuses former Columbus Police Vice Unit officer Andrew Mitchell of raping a woman identified as Jane Doe on multiple occasions.

Acting Deputy Columbus Police Chief Jennifer Knight oversees the PACT team, which replaced the controversial Vice Unit.
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Columbus Police's Vice Unit made a lot of mistakes during its heyday, says Acting Deputy Chief Jennifer Knight.

Miranda Panda and Brittany Walters were arrested at Sirens strip club in Columbus on July 11, 2018, during an appearance by Stormy Daniels.
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The city of Columbus has fired two former Vice Unit officers involved in the arrest of Stormy Daniels.

Six former workers at Kahoots strip club in northwest Columbus say they were unjustly arrested by Columbus Police Vice officers.
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Owners of the now-shuttered Kahoots strip club have filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Columbus and two former Vice Unit officers.

In this Oct. 11, 2018, file photo, adult film actress Stormy Daniels attends the opening of the adult entertainment fair 'Venus' in Berlin, Germany.
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Attorneys for porn star Stormy Daniels are challenging a request by President Donald Trump’s lawyers to stake claim to a settlement between Daniels and the city of Columbus.

In this Oct. 11, 2018, file photo, adult film actress Stormy Daniels attends the opening of the adult entertainment fair 'Venus' in Berlin, Germany.
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Stormy Daniels has settled a civil suit with the city of Columbus and a group of former Vice Unit officers who arrested her last year at a strip club.

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Columbus Police Interim Chief Tom Quinlan says he's recommending the firing of officers Steve Rosser and Whitney Lancaster, both of whom were involved in the now-dissolved 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

A Franklin County court is setting a new date for the trial of Columbus Police Vice officer Andrew Mitchell. He faces charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter stemming from the fatal shooting of of Donna Castleberry last August.

Recruits at the Columbus Police Academy are trained for the department's new Police And Community Together Team.
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The Columbus Division of Police kicked off training Wednesday for the Police and Community Together Team, which is replacing the disbanded Vice Unit.

Stormy Daniels speaks during a ceremony for her receiving a City Proclamation and Key to the City on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 in West Hollywood, Calif.
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Columbus Police is departmentally charging five former Vice Unit officers over the 2018 arrest of porn star Stormy Daniels.

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