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US Department of Justice to Review Columbus Police Department

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman US Department of Justice to Review Columbus Police Department

The City of Columbus has announced the U.S. Department of Justice has accepted its invitation to review the Columbus Division of Police. The DOJ will provide assistance through its Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), according to a press release, which is responsible for improving community policing nationwide. The partnership with the city will […]

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City Council Approves New FOP Contract

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman City Council Approves New FOP Contract

The city has reached an agreement with the Fraternal Order of Police on a three-year contract approved by members through a vote that ended on Saturday, July 25, according to the city. “This is the most progressive contract in a generation,” said Mayor Ginther in a statement announcing the new FOP contract. “Through good-faith collective […]

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Key Takeaways from City Council’s Reimagining Safety Resident Engagement Report

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Key Takeaways from City Council’s Reimagining Safety Resident Engagement Report

Columbus City Council shared its final report highlighting the results of its public safety engagement efforts over the last few months. More than 4,000 residents responded to an online survey, multiple focus groups, and town hall discussions facilitated by the Saunders PR Group this winter to gauge the thoughts and opinions of residents regarding public […]

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ENOUGH: An Open Letter to Columbus Mayor Ginther from Queer Partnership for Black Liberation

Queer Partnership for Black Liberation Queer Partnership for Black Liberation ENOUGH: An Open Letter to Columbus Mayor Ginther from Queer Partnership for Black Liberation

Enough. The time for a diplomatic, incremental approach to change has long passed. Drastic, systemic change must be instituted in the Department of Public Safety immediately. The Division of Police, in particular, has exhibited time and again a culture that neither values nor respects Black life. That culture, which is perpetuated at every level of […]

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Family and Community Call For Justice During Vigil for Andre’ Hill

Anne Evans Anne Evans Family and Community Call For Justice During Vigil for Andre’ Hill

Tonight, hundreds gathered outside of the Brentnell Community Recreation Center in Columbus in honor of Andre’ Hill, the unarmed Black man shot and killed by a Columbus Police officer in the early morning of December 22, 2020. The family’s attorneys made calls for justice for Hill, for support of his daughter Karissa and her children, and for rallying […]

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Civilian Review Board Issue Formally Launches Campaign

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Civilian Review Board Issue Formally Launches Campaign

The campaign to create a Civilian Review Board in the City of Columbus has officially launched. Columbus Issue 2 will establish a Civilian Police Review Board and create an Inspector General for the Columbus Division of Police that will conduct independent investigations into police misconduct. “Issue 2 will hold law enforcement accountable and puts power […]

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Investigations Into Resident Complaints of Police Stifled by Officer Aversion

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Investigations Into Resident Complaints of Police Stifled by Officer Aversion

The results of an investigation by the law firm BakerHostetler, in which the firm was charged with reviewing complaints by residents against Columbus police officers during protests early this summer, appears to have been stifled by some officers unwilling to share complete information during the investigation. Mayor Andrew Ginther said during a Tuesday press conference […]

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