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Police in Ohio's capital city ran “amok” last year when responding to demonstrations against racial injustice and police brutality by using physical violence, tear gas and pepper spray against protestors without provocation, a federal judge said Friday in a ruling ordering officers to approach such scenarios differently.

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A Black-led collective of legal, faith, community, and movement leaders demands a federal investigation into the Columbus Division of Police. The Columbus Police Accountability Coalition says the division's long-standing patterns of violence and misconduct against Black people must be investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther requested a Department of Justice investigation into the city’s police department Wednesday following a spate of police killings of Black people.

Columbus police and city officials have released additional details about Tuesday's fatal police shooting of a teenager. And a warning this story contains audio of the shooting. 


The fatal police shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant, a Black teenager seen on video charging at two people with a knife, came within minutes of the verdict in George Floyd’s killing — causing outrage by some over the continued use of lethal force by Columbus police.


Police shot and killed a teenage girl Tuesday afternoon in Columbus just as the verdict was being announced in the trial for the killing of George Floyd.

Police showed bodycam footage Tuesday night at a news conference of the officer shooting the girl, who was Black, as she appeared to attempt to stab two people with a knife.

With the jury expected to begin deliberating soon in the Derek Chauvin murder trial of George Floyd, the effects of the ruling will be felt across the country. Columbus and Franklin County officials joined area community leaders this afternoon in calling for calm regardless of the verdict.

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Officers conducting a routine pat-down of a man in a hospital emergency room found a gun in his waistband, spurring a struggle over the weapon and a standoff that ended in officers killing him, according to police body camera footage released Wednesday.

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For the second time in less than two weeks, Columbus Police are investigating a shooting at Polaris Fashion Place. Witnesses inside the mall told WCBE they heard as many as three gunshots at around 3:00 Monday afternoon.

Last October Chief Thomas Quinlan announced an accountability dashboard to keep the public up-to-date on reform recommendations he was supervising. At the same time, he was keeping his own private accounting of the progress he was making that didn’t match the public information.


The police chief who oversaw a summer of Columbus protests and controversial shootings will no longer serve in that role.

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Columbus officials say they plan to invest at least $4.5 million in new body-worn cameras for police and require officers to use them correctly.

Columbus voters in November approved an amendment to establish a Civilian Police Review Board and Inspector General to investigate complaints of officer misconduct.


Columbus City Council this week approved a measure expanding ShotSpotter by three square miles on the Near East Side. 

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Columbus Police are looking for a man who stole three bulldog puppies from the Petland store on Bethel Road Sunday night. 

Columbus officials today announced the members of the police chief's advisory panel and set new limits on the use of spray agents to disperse crowds.  

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A Columbus detective has been indicted on charges related to kidnapping victims under the appearance of an arrest and forcing those victims to engage in sex for their freedom. 

Columbus police say a woman and her 4-year-old daughter have been found dead outside their southeast side home.

A Franklin County grand jury has declined to indict two Columbus police officers who fatally shot a man last year they say opened fire on them.

Columbus officials today begin a series of community meetings to hear public input about policing. The police division says tonight's meeting takes place from 6 to 8 at the First Church of God on Refugee Road. 

Columbus police say the body of a man has been found a week after his co-workers reported him missing.

Funeral services will be held Monday for an off-duty Columbus Police officer who died this week after her vehicle collided head-on with an ambulance.

Ohio State University police now have more authority off campus.

Columbus Police have released the name of the person shot by an officer early this morning at Brookhaven High School.

Columbus School District officials have closed Brookhaven High School today.

Columbus police are looking for the driver of a van involved in a crash with a COTA bus.

The intersection of East Gay and North Lazelle streets has been closed and North 3rd street is closed at East Gay as police investigate the beating death of a man found in front of the Renaissance Hotel this morning.

Hocking County Sheriff Lanny North says his agency along with Columbus police and the State Highway Patrol executed search warrants on two properties in Hocking County Tuesday and Wednesday.

A former Columbus cop and school resource officer has pleaded not guilty to ederal charges of trying to have sex with a high school student.