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Community Members Break Silence Around Video of Columbus Police Punching and Kicking a Black Civilian

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Community Members Break Silence Around Video of Columbus Police Punching and Kicking a Black Civilian

Since last weekend, a disturbing video has circulated more than 100,000 times, showing at least six Columbus police officers, some in plain clothes, punching and kicking a black civilian (later identified as Timothy Davis) at a local convenience store. It’s been shared several thousand times, once on the Columbus Division of Police Facebook page. Still, […]

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Columbus Police, City Council Under Fire at Event with Shaun King

Madeline Stocker Madeline Stocker Columbus Police, City Council Under Fire at Event with Shaun King

In the ‘Opportunity City’ of the Midwest, the term “change starts local” has taken on a new meaning. Last Saturday night, an audience of hundreds of Columbus residents gathered to hear speakers address police brutality and learn what everyday residents can do to change the culture of violence that plagues our police force. The event […]

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BlackPride4 Take Over Stonewall Community Conversation, Reject Organization Leadership

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega BlackPride4 Take Over Stonewall Community Conversation, Reject Organization Leadership

Editor’s note: This article was updated to include a more accurate estimate of the number of protesters present, as well as additional input from Stonewall Board Member Joshua Snyder-Hill. When Stonewall Columbus planned their community dialogue, it didn’t include a BlackPride4 hijack. They didn’t expect 100 protesters to filter in and disrupt it. And they […]

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15 Arrested During Sit-In at Sen. Portman’s Office

Madeline Stocker Madeline Stocker 15 Arrested During Sit-In at Sen. Portman’s Office

After a morning of peaceful sit-ins on the first floor of Sen. Rob Portman’s office building, Columbus police officers began forcibly removing disabled activists from their wheelchairs with sudden levels of force and aggression. Officers policing Portman’s 37 W. Broad St. office resorted to force 3 p.m. Friday, minutes after claiming the activists were blocking […]

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Police and Community Advocate for Local, Diverse Police Force

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Police and Community Advocate for Local, Diverse Police Force

On May 17, the Columbus Foundation held a day of community conversation, dubbed The Big Table. Around the city, hundreds hosted and participated in these conversations, some open-ended, and some targeting specific issues and ideas relevant to community connectivity and growth. At Columbus Underground, we hosted three of our own Big Table discussions, bringing together […]

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