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Community Leaders Call for Accountability in Process to Reform Police Department

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Community Leaders Call for Accountability in Process to Reform Police Department

Between the selection of Tom Quinlan as the new chief of the Columbus Division of Police and the recent report released by the Community Safety Advisory Commission, it’s safe to say some changes may soon be underway for the department. As the public awaits next steps, community leaders are pushing for early and often measures […]

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Mayor Announces Pick for Columbus Police Chief

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Mayor Announces Pick for Columbus Police Chief

The next Columbus Chief of Police has been announced. Thomas Quinlan, who has served as acting interim chief of police for the division after former Chief Kim Jacobs retired in February of this year, will be the next Columbus Division of Police chief. In early November, the city announced two finalists for the position: Quinlan […]

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Finalists for Columbus Chief of Police Announced

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Finalists for Columbus Chief of Police Announced

The finalists for the next Columbus Chief of Police have been announced. A search committee looking to fill the position has selected five candidates: D. Samuel Dobson, assistant chief of police for the National Railroad Corporation (AMTRAK) in Washington, D.C. Alexander Jones, colonel and chief of the community relations bureau for the Baltimore County Police […]

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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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