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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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Activists Respond to End of Community Safety Initiative: “It’s A Small Win”

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Activists Respond to End of Community Safety Initiative: “It’s A Small Win”

After a year of back-and-forth with local government, the People’s Justice Project (PFP) celebrated a small victory when Mayor Andrew Ginther announced the termination of the Community Safety Initiative and the reallocation of public safety funding in the 2018 Operating Budget for the City of Columbus. The initiative, which involved placing plainclothes officers in high […]

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Police Force and Local Community Connect Through Art

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Police Force and Local Community Connect Through Art

Police accountability and community involvement is improving relations between the two, according to a public awareness campaign headed by Warhol and Wall Street. The campaign, “Change Starts Here,” connects the public with real Ohioans who have been involved in the effort to improve community-police relations. Participants filled in the blank with their own idea about […]

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Local Leaders Debate Police Body Cameras

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Local Leaders Debate Police Body Cameras

Government transparency sits at ends with privacy as city officials and civil rights representatives discuss the specifics of police-worn body cameras. The discussion is still happening, and part of it took place at a forum hosted by the Columbus Metropolitan Club at the Boat House on Wednesday. George Speaks, Columbus Director of Public Safety, Andy […]

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