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Columbus Council Approves 'Andre's Law'; Settles Castleberry Family's Lawsuit

Columbus Division of Police

A new law requiring Columbus police officers to render first aid and activate their body cameras sooner was approved by City Council last night.

Andre's Law is named after Andre Hill, the unarmed Black man killed last December by a white now-former officer.  It requires officers to turn on body cameras before any enforcement action and request EMS or offer aid in cases where there is no imminent threat. 

Council also approved a 1.2 million dollar settlement of a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Donna Castleberry against the city and former vice officer Andrew Mitchell. Mitchell allegedly shot and killed Castleberry in 2018 during a prostitution sting. The family challenged his use of force and suggested Mitchell should not have been on duty because he was the focus of a separate criminal probe for allegedly abusing his police powers.

Jim has been with WCBE since 1996. Before that he worked as a reporter at another Columbus radio station, and for three newspapers in Southwest Florida.
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