George Floyd protests
Columbus officers will have to testify about use-of-force incidents
An arbitrator has ruled that Columbus police officers will have to testify about colleagues as part of criminal investigations on police conduct during 2020’s protests. Among the incidents was the June 1, 2020 pepper spraying of three journalists with the Ohio State paper, the Lantern, as they stood off to the side of a protest […]
More than a year later, no discipline for cop who pepper-sprayed journalists
More than a year later, no discipline for cop who pepper-sprayed journalists. Columbus police union said to be blocking investigation.
Activists say enhanced protest punishments will lead to more police misconduct
Police already have been overly aggressive in this year’s civil rights protests, some protesters say. If Ohio adopts enhanced penalties related to protests, that will only aggravate the problem, they say. Worse, according to the activists, the bill’s provision allowing deadly force by people who feel threatened during “riots” will only encourage people to go […]
House bill would impose harsh new penalties on protesters and their organizations
In the wake of this summer’s massive civil-rights protests, two Republicans in the Ohio House have filed a bill that imposes harsh new penalties on certain protest-related activities.
Study: 96% of Black Lives Matter protests have been peaceful in Ohio
The vast majority of nationwide Black Lives Matter protests have been peaceful, including those in Ohio, according to a new study by the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED). The ACLED has been collecting data on demonstrations, political violence and other related developments since the newest phase of the BLM movement began in May, […]
Top Homeland Security official vows federal agents ‘will not back away’ from violent protests
WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s number two at the Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday defended federal law enforcement officers’ intervention in protests in Portland, Oregon, and other cities this summer. Characterizing some of the protests as “mob rule,” Acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli told lawmakers that federal agents could exert force in […]