A Columbus police review released late Friday has cleared the officers involved in the 2016 shooting of an African-American man.
Police say officer Jason Bare and now former officer Zachary Rosen acted within division policy when they shot and killed Henry Green. The review was also examined by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation. Rosen and Bare say Green was armed when they shot him on the east side. They say they identified themselves as officers and told him to drop his weapon. Green's family disputes the claim. Green’s mother has filed a civil rights and wrongful-death lawsuit, claiming in court documents the undercover officers were targeting citizens “for unreasonable encounters in order to seek out criminal activity.” Her attorney says the decision was expected and continues a division pattern of failing to hold officers accountable in use of force cases. A grand jury declined to indict the duo. The slayings of Green, Tyre King and other African-Americans by white officers have prompted protests and calls for change in local police practices.