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CMC Forum: Police, To Serve And Protect

Jun 5, 2021

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Featuring Stephanie Hightower, President & CEO, Columbus Urban League; Larry James, General Counsel, National Fraternal Order of Police; and Dave Yost, Attorney General, State of Ohio with host, Jerry Revish, Retired Anchor, WBNS 10TV.

Columbus, like every other city in the US, is struggling to redefine, reform and otherwise improve its policing system. It’s a process that seems fraught with misunderstanding, misconceptions and a long history of tension. The current discussions are charged with additional pressure and hostility on both sides as a result of police behavior during last summer’s protests and police shootings of Black people. How can Columbus address this challenge, bringing together the needs of police officers, their powerful union the FOP, city leaders and, perhaps most important, neighborhoods and residents? Our panel will discuss.