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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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Community Organizers Warn of Attempts to Quell Protesters’ ‘Revolutionary Spirit’

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Community Organizers Warn of Attempts to Quell Protesters’ ‘Revolutionary Spirit’

The George Floyd protests taking place in Columbus, Ohio have seen a new community group surge in the conversation on police violence and racial injustice. However, that group has taken on much criticism from local advocates and organizers with accusations of a conspiracy significantly influenced – or even led – by the Columbus Police Department. […]

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Updated: CCS Alumni Call for End of CPD Partnership

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Updated: CCS Alumni Call for End of CPD Partnership

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on June 8 and has been updated to include new actions from the Columbus Board of Education. Columbus City Schools alumni, students, parents, teachers, staff and community members are calling for the district to end its partnership with the Columbus Police Department. Over 2,500 concerned community members have […]

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Mayor Ginther Issues Directive Banning Tear Gas as a Crowd Control Measure

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Mayor Ginther Issues Directive Banning Tear Gas as a Crowd Control Measure

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther has issued a directive prohibiting the use of tear gas as a crowd control measure and limiting pepper spray only to situations involving “clear instances” of violence. Per a statement from the mayor’s office, additional policy changes in how these chemical agents are used will be drafted in agreement with City […]

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Local Faith Leaders Discouraged by Conversation with Police Chief Quinlan

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Local Faith Leaders Discouraged by Conversation with Police Chief Quinlan

Leaders of BREAD, a coalition of 40 diverse faith congregations, met via Zoom on Wednesday, June 10 with Columbus Police Chief Thomas Quinlan, hoping to get his commitment to three specific proposals regarding police reform and building trust with the Black community. The group says, given the tragic police killings of George Floyd and other […]

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Mayor to Issue Executive Order Mandating Investigations of Police-Involved Deaths

Taijuan Moorman Taijuan Moorman Mayor to Issue Executive Order Mandating Investigations of Police-Involved Deaths

Mayor Andrew Ginther announced he will issue an Executive Order to require all fatal use of force cases or cases of death in police custody in Columbus to the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation. The decision follows conversations between Mayor Ginther and Attorney General David Yost who has agreed to accept cases referred […]

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