Protestors Call For Ginther To Resign
For the second straight day, police brutality protests in Columbus remained peaceful Wednesday with no reports of property damage.
Some protestors violated curfew but no arrests were made. Peaceful demonstrations were also held in Upper Arlington and at the Westerville Police Headquarters. A group of protesters circled in front of Columbus Mayor Andy Ginther's home for more than two hours last night, calling on him to resign. They say Ginther has failed to do enough to prevent police brutality in the city. They cite the deaths of Tyre King and Henry Green as cases in which officers were not held accountable. Demonstrators also laid down in front of Ginther's house for over eight minutes to symbolize the time George Floyd was held down by a Minneapolis Police Officer. Ginther said in a statement he's committed to rooting out racism and stopping police violence.
Meanwhile, Columbus Police arrest records obtained by WCBE contradict claims by Ginther, police chief Thomas Quinlan and the head of the police union that "outside agitators" caused violence during protests. Records show 84 of the 89 people arrested Friday through Tuesday live in Central Ohio ZIP codes. At least 55 are Columbus residents. Most of the arrests were for non-violent minor offenses.