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Residents to Vote on Civilian Police Review Board in November

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Residents to Vote on Civilian Police Review Board in November

On Monday, July 27, Columbus City Council will vote on legislation to amend the Columbus City Charter to allow for the creation of an independent civilian police review board, a proposal that will be voted on by Columbus residents during the general election in November. This announcement came during a morning press conference on Monday, […]

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Protesters File Lawsuit Against City of Columbus, Officers

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Protesters File Lawsuit Against City of Columbus, Officers

A group of local law firms filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court on Wednesday against the City of Columbus, Columbus Division of Police Chief Thomas Quinlan, Sergeant David Gitlitz and several officers on behalf of over a dozen people attacked by Columbus police officers during recent protests who used “excessive use of force, including […]

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Art Commissioners Reflect on Statue Removal, Flag Redesign & More

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Art Commissioners Reflect on Statue Removal, Flag Redesign & More

On Wednesday, July 1, the removal of the Christopher Columbus statue located at City Hall began, as requested by Mayor Andrew Ginther and agreed upon by the Columbus Art Commission, whose members are charged with approving the altering or removal of the city’s public art, among other responsibilities. The seven-person body motioned to move forward […]

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Independent Investigations, Expanded Background Checks Among Council Public Safety Legislative Steps

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Independent Investigations, Expanded Background Checks Among Council Public Safety Legislative Steps

Throughout the month of July and before members go on recess, Columbus City Council will advance a legislative package in an effort to reimagine public safety, per a press conference on Thursday, June 25. City Council announced a package that will include independent investigations into lethal force, limiting or banning no-knock raids, instituting background checks […]

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Local Abolitionists and Academics Weigh in on Defunding the Police

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Local Abolitionists and Academics Weigh in on Defunding the Police

By now you’ve seen the signs and hashtags, and maybe you’ve seen the moves made by other cities in the last few weeks. Defund the Police has caught traction with people across the country in the wake of the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of police and the ensuing weeks […]

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Council President Pro Tem Brown Announces Police Demilitarization Hearings

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Council President Pro Tem Brown Announces Police Demilitarization Hearings

On Sunday, June 21, over three weeks of protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death culminated once again in violence. Just five days after Mayor Andrew Ginther issued a directive prohibiting the use of tear gas for crowd control measure and limiting pepper spray to “clear instances of violence,” Columbus police once again released […]

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Update: Mayor Ginther Directs Christopher Columbus Statue to be Removed from City Hall

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Update: Mayor Ginther Directs Christopher Columbus Statue to be Removed from City Hall

Mayor Andrew Ginther has announced that the Christopher Columbus statue at City Hall will be removed as soon as possible. “For many people in our community, the statue represents patriarchy, oppression and divisiveness. That does not represent our great city, and we will no longer live in the shadow of our ugly past,” said Mayor […]

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