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, […]
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 […]
A discussion on active shooter awareness and preparedness with keynote speaker Gregory A. McDonald, D.D.S., F.I.C.D., K.T.J., Chief Forensic Odontologist, State of Ohio, Montgomery County Coroner’s Office and a panel of experts. This event is free to the public. Coffee service will be provided.
On Wednesday, June 20 Columbus City Council will hold a public hearing to present an overview of proposed legislation to address panhandling in Columbus. It’s been a year since the Columbus Police Department stopped enforcing restrictions on panhandling. Since then, local residents have observed a steady uptick in panhandling activities and related aggressive behavior; in […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]