Charges Filed Against Columbus Police Officers for Misconduct During Last Summer’s Protests
The City of Columbus’ independently-appointed special prosecutor Kathleen Garber along with retired FBI agent and independent investigator Rick Wozniak announced charges have been filed against three Columbus police officers for alleged misconduct during last summer’s protests following the killing of George Floyd.
Officers Traci Shaw and Phillip Walls have been charged with various crimes, including assault, dereliction of duty and interfering with civil rights.
A sergeant, Holly Kanode, has been charged with falsification, as well as dereliction of duty.
All charged are related to incidents occurring May 29 and 30, 2020.
Investigations remain open concerning possible misconduct by other officers and identified officers, pending an arbitrator’s decision.
“I was asked by the City of Columbus to independently evaluate the allegations of police misconduct from last summer’s protests so that both citizens and police officers are held to the same standard of accountability,” said Garber. “We appreciate the community’s patience over the past year while we have made continued attempts to interview witnessing officers and identify officers committing the alleged misconduct during the protests.”
The Columbus City Attorney’s Office has prosecuted nearly 100 civilians concerning the protests, which include charges of rioting, criminal damaging and threatening behavior towards police.