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The City of Columbus will conduct a 250 thousand dollar after action review study into last summer's police brutality protests.

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United States Attorney David DeVillers announced today the U.S. Attorney’s Office – in coordination with the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, the Cincinnati Division of the FBI and the Columbus Division of Police – will review the facts and circumstances surrounding the Dec. 4, 2020 shooting of Casey Goodson.

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Columbus Police says they will continue to investigate the shooting death of Casey Goodson Junior Friday night, after a state agency declined to take the case.

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Law enforcement agencies must develop policies for handling mass protests that protect public and officer safety while upholding constitutional rights of expression, assembly, and freedom of the press, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said Friday in announcing a new police certification standard.

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Columbus City Council members are examining how police officers are dispatched and other potential reforms in 2021.

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Court documents show the City of Columbus is preparing to settle for 1 million dollars a lawsuit filed by the family of a woman killed by an undercover vice officer in August 2018.  

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A Cleveland police supervisor has been suspended two days for detaining the sister of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, the Black youth who was shot and killed by a white police officer. 

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Two Republican state lawmakers are introducing a bill to crack down on people they call looters and rioters – those who perpetuate violence or damage to property as part of protests.

Seventy Four percent of Columbus voters Tuesday approved a charter amendment allowing for the creation of a civilian review board to investigate police misconduct. 

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 No-knock warrants have gotten a lot of attention - most notably in the death of Breonna Taylor, who was killed in March during a shootout between her boyfriend and Louisville, Kentucky police. 

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Reynoldsburg City Council this week approved the creation of a civilian review board to examine police use of force cases. 

A Texas sheriff has been indicted on felony charges of tampering with evidence in the case of Javier Ambler, a Black man who was killed by police last year during a traffic stop that escalated into a high-speed chase caught on film by a reality television show.

Sheriff Robert Chody, who turned himself in, was arrested and booked on Monday. He was released shortly after posting $10,000 bail.

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Dozens of police brutality protestors held demonstrations last night in Columbus over a Kentucky grand jury's decision not to charge Louisville officers with the death of Breonna Taylor. 

A law firm has been examining claims of officer misconduct stemming from interactions between Columbus police and protesters that started during the final weekend of May.

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Columbus City Council last night indefinitely tabled a proposed ordinance to demilitarize police by limiting officers use of chemical agents, helicopters, military-style rifles and rubber and wooden bullets. 

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Ohio Attorney General David Yost is calling for more respect - and more training - for law enforcement officers.  

Federal police officers who cleared a crowded park near the White House with smoke and tear gas in June violated court-ordered regulations that spell out how demonstrators are to be warned before aggressive tactics are used against them, attorneys who helped write the agreed-upon rules say.

As U.S. law enforcement departments are accused of racist policing, one of the most common responses by the people in charge has been to have officers take "implicit bias" training.

The training usually consists of a seminar in the psychological theory that unconscious stereotypes can lead people to make dangerous snap judgments. For instance, unconscious associations of African Americans with crime might make cops quicker to see them as suspects.

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A police officer in Salt Lake City shot a 13-year-old boy with an autism spectrum disorder on Friday after his mother called 911 seeking help for her son, who was experiencing a mental health crisis.

Golda Barton told CBS affiliate KUTV that she called police to request that a crisis intervention team transport her son, Linden Cameron, to a hospital for treatment as he was having a "mental breakdown."

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The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati has sent  a wrongful death lawsuit filed against two white Columbus police officers in the shooting death of a black man back to federal district court for more consideration. 

The Trump administration has instructed federal agencies to end racial sensitivity trainings that address topics like white privilege and critical race theory, calling them "divisive, anti-American propaganda."

In a letter to federal agencies Friday, the director of the Office of Management and Budget said the president recently became aware of the racial sensitivity programs, which encourage frank conversations about race in the workplace and discuss potential actions to combat systemic racism.

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More than 100 people gathered in downtown Columbus Saturday and Sunday to protest the Kenosha, Wisconsin police shooting of Jacob Blake. 

A man was fatally shot during a night of confrontations between Trump supporters and counterprotesters in Portland, Ore., on Saturday, the latest high-profile incident in a city that has seen nightly demonstrations for three consecutive months. On Sunday, city leaders denounced the violence while President Trump criticized their ability to contain it.

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Thousands of demonstrators braved sweltering temperatures in the nation's capital on Friday to demand an overhaul of the country's criminal justice system and push for racial equality.

The event, called the Commitment March, was held at the Lincoln Memorial, the same site where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. called for those same reforms decades ago in his iconic "I Have a Dream" speech.

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The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati has ruled a Columbus Police officer is protected by qualified immunity after pepper-spraying a protester in 2017. 

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Top White House officials are brushing off the significance of NBA protests this week over the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis.

President Trump also weighed in, lamenting Thursday that the NBA has become "like a political organization," but saying he didn't know much about the protests.

"I know their ratings have been very bad because I think people are a little tired of the NBA, frankly, but I don't know too much about the protests," Trump said during a visit to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Anti-Black racism had always bothered John Collins, but he'd never personally done anything about it.

That changed after police killed George Floyd in May.

Stuck at home and furloughed from work because of the pandemic, Collins had time to watch coverage of the protests Floyd's death had set off and to reflect on the nation's history of racial injustice.

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Reynoldsburg city officials and the local police union have reached an agreement in principle to create a civilian review board to oversee police. 

Amnesty International says it has documented 125 separate instances of violence against protesters for racial justice in the U.S. over an 11-day period earlier this summer.

In a report published Tuesday, the human rights organization says that in the five years since 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, Mo., "there has been a disturbing lack of progress ... in ensuring that police officers use lethal force only when there is an imminent risk of death or serious injury to themselves or others."

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Pickerington Local Schools have rescinded the promotion of an assistant principal after a social media post showed profane language critical of police. 

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