The announcement that the federal government will review the Columbus police department and provide technical assistance in areas such as training and recruitment is a far cry from the last time the Justice Department examined the agency and signals the city’s willingness to cooperate, analysts say.
A summer of protests following the death of George Floyd was the catalyst for police reform that saw approval of Columbus' first Civilian Police Review Board in the fall. The first slate of board members was announced Wednesday.
The City of Columbus has shared some additional images related to last summer's protests, and again seeks the public’s help with an independent investigation into the actions of some Columbus Police officers.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio has filed a civil rights lawsuit on behalf of a Columbus man who was arrested in 2019 for filming a Columbus police SWAT team serving a search warrant in his neighborhood.
A city spokesperson reviwing body camera footage in the shooting death of Andre Hill says an officer's instruction for other officers to turn off their cameras after shots were fired is part of an investigation into Hill's death.
Body camera footage released Wednesday shows Andre Hill, a 47-year-old Black man, emerging from a garage and holding up a cellphone in his left hand seconds before he is fatally shot by a white Columbus police officer.
A police officer who shot and killed a Black man holding a cell phone in Columbus early Tuesday did not activate his body camera beforehand, and dash cameras on the officers’ cruiser were also not activated, city officials said.