FOP Tries To Stop Ordered Officer Interviews In Police Protests Investigation

Mar 26, 2021

An attorney for the Fraternal Order of Police Friday filed a grievance with the city, and requested a temporary restraining order that would delay six Columbus police officers from meeting with an independent investigator examining potential criminal misconduct during last summer's police brutality protests.  

On Thursday, the city ordered the six to report to Rick Wozniak, the retired FBI agent hired by the city to lead the investigation, with a threat of insurbordination if they did not.  Wozniak says the six are not suspected of wrongdoing but are considered witnesses needed to prosecute potential crimes.

The request for a restraining order say compelling the interviews, which were to begin Monday, violate portions of the city's contract with police, as well as the Ohio Constitution.