Zach Klein

U.S. Atty. David DeVillers (speaking) and ATF Special Agent in Charge Roland Herndon at a press conference announcing the new prosecution strategy.
Nick Evans

To address a sharp uptick of gun violence in Central Ohio, U.S. Attorney David DeVillers is shifting his office’s focus firearm offenses. He’s creating what he terms “hot zones” in the Linden and Hilltop neighborhoods to fast track prosecutions into federal courts.

City Atty. Zach Klein and Columbus Councilmember Shayla Favor.
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A sharp reduction in federal funds is cutting into the budgets of organizations that assist survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking around Ohio.

Mail delivery vehicles are parked outside a post office in Boys Town, Neb., Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020.
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Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein is joining 32 local and tribal governments opposing recent changes at the U.S. Postal Service.

Columbus mayor Andrew Ginther.
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Franklin County was the last county in Ohio to allow evictions to take place without the landlord showing up in court. That has now changed. 

Arnett Howard in front of the Mt. Vernon post office branch.
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Updated September 3, 2020: The U.S. Postal Service plans to reopen the Mt. Vernon Branch September 10.

The Mt. Vernon branch of the U.S. Postal Service sits at one end of a non-descript strip mall. When Arnett Howard pulled up on a recent afternoon, he was confused to find the doors locked and signs in the window directing people to other branches.

Columbus City Attorney Zach Klein
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City Attorney Zach Klein announced a new policy to decrease arrests for warrants stemming from non-violent offenses on Thursday. 

The Ohio State University

The Ohio State University and the city of Columbus have thrown their support behind a lawsuit that seeks to pause the Trump administration's ban on international students enrolling in online-only classes this fall.

Police and demonstrators on Broad and High Streets.
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Columbus Police in riot gear returned to downtown Sunday afternoon, intent on forcing protesters out of city streets—and using chemicals like pepper spray to do so.

A Columbus Police officer aims a pepper spray cannister at a protester's face on May 30, 2020.
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Columbus will adopt a set of restrictions on police use of force known as #8CantWait, even as the campaign’s organizers insist the policies should be considered merely a first step. 

Franklin County jail in downtown Columbus.
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A small group of lawyers and activists known as the Columbus Freedom Fund has received tens of thousands of dollars in donations to bail out protesters arrested during recent demonstrations. The group's sudden rise to prominence, however, has raised questions: Who are they, and how exactly are they using the money?

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 confront protesters at a demonstration downtown on June 2, 2020.
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Columbus is planning to dismiss all charges against those arrested for breaking curfew during the last few weeks' protests.

A woman sits in the street with her fist raised while police gather on High Street.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Columbus City Council members are calling for charges to be dropped against protesters arrested for violating curfew and "failure to disperse."

Columbus Police blockade the intersection of Broad and High Streets in downtown Columbus on May 30, 2020.
Paige Pfleger / WOSU

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther has rescinded the citywide 10 p.m. curfew that was put in place last week. This comes after a federal lawsuit was filed claiming the curfew violated constitutional rights.

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.