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Year-Long Revision of Police Policies is Just the Beginning, Participants Say

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Year-Long Revision of Police Policies is Just the Beginning, Participants Say

Following the criticism and controversy that has encircled the Columbus Division of Police over the last several years, the City has been in the process of reforming the department’s priorities, practices and procedures.  With the help of the Community Safety Advisory Commission, a 17-person group comprised of local interested parties, and California-based Matrix Consulting Group, […]

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Policing the Police with Columbus Community Cop Watch

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Policing the Police with Columbus Community Cop Watch

Columbus Community Cop Watch isn’t waiting for a new police chief. And they’re not waiting for the Columbus Division of Police to review and implement recommendations from the Community Safety Advisory Commission. They’re not waiting on reform. Founded by Hana Abdur-Rahim, Cop Watch is a grassroots approach to creating more transparency in the policing of […]

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Another Intelligent Black Man- Stageplay

Kylie Harwell-Sturgill Kylie Harwell-Sturgill Another Intelligent Black Man- Stageplay

Another Intelligent Black Man is a stage play that tackles many of todays issues. This play takes a real look at topics such as domestic violence, police brutality and drug abuse. Join us as we see the struggles and triumphs of two families helping their teenage children navigate the roads of black culture.

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Black Pride 4 Members Sentenced with Community Service, Probation

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Black Pride 4 Members Sentenced with Community Service, Probation

Members of the Black Pride 4 (BP4), the group of black trans individuals who were arrested after protesting last year’s Pride Parade, were handed their sentences on Monday, March 13. Wriply Bennet, Ashley Braxton, and Kendall Denton were sentenced with fines, community service and probationary periods but received no jail time. Deandre Miles, who has […]

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Community Members Break Silence Around Video of Columbus Police Punching and Kicking a Black Civilian

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega 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, […]

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Columbus Police, City Council Under Fire at Event with Shaun King

Madeline Stocker Madeline Stocker Columbus Police, City Council Under Fire at Event with Shaun King

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 […]

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Gallery: People’s State of the City Rally Asks ‘Where is Mayor Ginther?’

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega Gallery: People’s State of the City Rally Asks ‘Where is Mayor Ginther?’

Tuesday evening saw the gathering of local activist organizations outside the Bluestone on East Broad Street, where Mayor Andrew Ginther, members of Columbus City Council, and the Columbus Partnership were having their donor dinner. PJP member Amber Evans, who led the rally, described the Columbus Partnership as “a string of corporations, of businesses, of health […]

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