Three Columbus Police Officers Face Fees Stemming From 2020 Protests

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Three Columbus, Ohio law enforcement officials, together with a coaching sergeant who was a member of town’s Group Security Advisory Commision, are dealing with misdemeanor costs stemming from their alleged actions throughout protests that occurred final summer time.

Based on the Columbus Dispatch, the officers slated to be charged are Officer Traci Shaw, Officer Phillip Partitions and Sgt. Holly Kanode. All three are scheduled to look for an preliminary court docket listening to on July 8.

Shaw is dealing with three misdemeanor counts of assault, three counts of dereliction of responsibility and three counts of interference with civil rights. Partitions is charged with two counts every of assault, dereliction of responsibility and interference with civil rights. Kanode is charged with one rely of falsification and one rely of dereliction of responsibility.

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Court records reveal Shaw’s costs stem from an alleged incident on Might 30, 2020 in downtown Columbus. She is accused of exiting a cruiser and pepper spraying a gaggle of ladies who had been strolling within the space.

Based on these data, Partitions’ costs stem from an incident a day earlier on the intersection of Broad and Excessive streets throughout which he allegedly pepper sprayed two individuals who had been on a sidewalk.

Kanode’s two costs are related to the accusation she falsified a use of pressure report relating to an arrest that took additionally place Might 30, 202. On physique digital camera video, Kanode is heard saying the individual that was arrested had thrown an officer to the bottom, and indicated that in her report. The footage, nevertheless, doesn’t present this occurring, in accordance with the Dispatch.

Shaw is a 21-year police pressure veteran who Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther chosen as a member of the Columbus Group Security Advisory Fee that issued suggestions, together with the institution of a civilian evaluate board, in early 2020. She additionally teaches on the metropolis’s police academy.

Based on Interim Columbus chief Michael Woods, all three law enforcement officials concerned can be “relieved of responsibility” standing till the instances towards them are resolved. They’ll reportedly serve on desk responsibility, the Dispatch mentioned.

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