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Consulting Group Unveils 140 Police Recommendations in Report

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Consulting Group Unveils 140 Police Recommendations in Report

Editor’s note: This article has been corrected to state the recommendations are the work of Matrix Consulting Group, not the Columbus Community Safety Commission. Matrix Consulting Group, the third-party consultant hired by the City of Columbus to review the Columbus Division of Police, has released their study and given 140 recommendations to reform police policies, […]

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Year-Long Revision of Police Policies is Just the Beginning, Participants Say

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Year-Long Revision of Police Policies is Just the Beginning, Participants Say

Following the criticism and controversy that has encircled the Columbus Division of Police over the last several years, the City has been in the process of reforming the department’s priorities, practices and procedures.  With the help of the Community Safety Advisory Commission, a 17-person group comprised of local interested parties, and California-based Matrix Consulting Group, […]

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Policing the Police with Columbus Community Cop Watch

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Policing the Police with Columbus Community Cop Watch

Columbus Community Cop Watch isn’t waiting for a new police chief. And they’re not waiting for the Columbus Division of Police to review and implement recommendations from the Community Safety Advisory Commission. They’re not waiting on reform. Founded by Hana Abdur-Rahim, Cop Watch is a grassroots approach to creating more transparency in the policing of […]

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Masonique Saunders Pleads Guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter, Aggravated Robbery

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Masonique Saunders Pleads Guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter, Aggravated Robbery

The case of Masonique Saunders has reached a conclusion.  A 17-year-old Near East Side resident, Saunders was initially charged with the murder of her boyfriend Julius Tate Jr., who was fatally shot by Columbus police officer Eric Richards in December. On Thursday, May 9, she pled guilty to a reduced charge of involuntary manslaughter as […]

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Columbus Police Disbands Vice Unit

Walker Evans Walker Evans Columbus Police Disbands Vice Unit

Last night, the Columbus Division of Police announced that it would be getting rid of its Vice Section under the Narcotics Bureau, following last week’s federal indictment of Vice Detective Andrew Mitchell. Moving forward, vice-related crimes will be addressed with a “community-centered approach”. “Many officers who have worked Vice are dedicated professionals who responsibly carry […]

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Columbus Vice Detective Arrested, Indicted on Federal Charges

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Columbus Vice Detective Arrested, Indicted on Federal Charges

After a federal investigation, a Columbus Vice Detective has been arrested and charged with crimes related to kidnapping victims under the guise of an arrest and trading their freedom for sex.  Vice Detective Andrew K. Mitchell faces seven counts, with three counts of depriving individuals of their civil rights while acting as a law enforcement […]

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Black Pride 4 Members Sentenced with Community Service, Probation

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Black Pride 4 Members Sentenced with Community Service, Probation

Members of the Black Pride 4 (BP4), the group of black trans individuals who were arrested after protesting last year’s Pride Parade, were handed their sentences on Monday, March 13. Wriply Bennet, Ashley Braxton, and Kendall Denton were sentenced with fines, community service and probationary periods but received no jail time. Deandre Miles, who has […]

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