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BCI Investigation of Ma’Khia Bryant Shooting Submitted to Franklin County Prosecutor

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman BCI Investigation of Ma’Khia Bryant Shooting Submitted to Franklin County Prosecutor

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost announced that the Bureau of Criminal Investigation has referred two investigations regarding two fatal shootings by police officers in Central Ohio to the Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney. This includes the fatal shooting of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant by Columbus Division of Police officer Nicholas Reardon in April. BCI interviewed 18 witnesses — […]

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Erica Crawley Sworn in as New Franklin County Commissioner

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Erica Crawley Sworn in as New Franklin County Commissioner

Former State Rep. Erica Crawley has been sworn in as the newest Franklin County Commissioner. Crawley replaces interim Commissioner Dawn Tyler Lee, who briefly served following the resignation of Commissioner Marilyn Brown. Crawley will serve the remainder of Brown’s original term through 2022. Several local leaders vied for the commissioner seat, including Columbus City Council President […]

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Elaine Bryant Officially Announced as New Chief of Police

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Elaine Bryant Officially Announced as New Chief of Police

Mayor Andrew Ginther announced Elaine Bryant as Columbus’ next chief of police. She will be the first-ever African American woman and the first external candidate to serve as chief. Bryant is currently the deputy chief of police for the City of Detroit. Last month, she joined fellow finalists Fort Myers Police Chief Derrick Diggs and […]

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Dawn Tyler Lee Named New Franklin County Commissioner

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Dawn Tyler Lee Named New Franklin County Commissioner

Following the retirement of Commissioner Marilyn Brown earlier this month, the remaining Franklin County Commissioners have appointed a replacement to fill her position. Dawn Tyler Lee will serve as acting commissioner until the Franklin County Democratic Party’s Central Committee names a permanent replacement to fill out the rest of the term. With her swearing-in, Tyler […]

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Police Chief Town Hall Finds Candidates Ready to Serve, Lead Change

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Police Chief Town Hall Finds Candidates Ready to Serve, Lead Change

In a Wednesday evening town hall event, the finalists for Columbus’ Chief of Police made their case for the job, citing past successes in increasing diversity, reducing crime and spurring changes in their respective cities. The finalists are Detroit Police Deputy Chief Elaine Bryant, Fort Myers Police Chief Derrick Diggs, Dallas Assistant Police Chief Avery […]

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New Public Safety Program to Offer Free Vehicle Light Repair

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman New Public Safety Program to Offer Free Vehicle Light Repair

A project piloted by the Columbus City Attorney’s Office and Franklin County Commissioners will help Columbus residents with repair services for broken taillights and the like. Project Taillight, a program in partnership with Columbus State Community College, aims to improve public safety and crime prevention by providing low-income residents with headlight, taillight, license plate light, […]

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Finalists, Town Hall for Chief of Police Announced

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Finalists, Town Hall for Chief of Police Announced

The finalists for the next Columbus Chief of Police have been announced. After announcing last week the nine candidates to receive interviews to become the city’s next police chief, that list has been narrowed down to four finalists: Derrick Diggs – Fort Myers Police Chief Avery Moore – Assistant Police Chief Dallas Police Elaine Bryant […]

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