A virtual town hall focused on investing in Accountability and a Better Division of Police
Councilmember Rob Dorans
Aslyne Rodriguez, Director of Government Affairs, COTA
Matt Smydo, Education Policy, City of Columbus
Thursday, January 21, 2021
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City Council announced a series of town hall discussions to gain further insight into reimagining safety in the capital City. Each forum features subject-matter experts leading the conversation and opportunities for public dialogue.
“I look forward to hearing updates on our City’s forthcoming Civilian Review Board," said Councilmember Rob Dorans. "The residents of Columbus have spoken overwhelmingly in favor of public safety reform and it is up to all of us to make sure we get it right. We know we have more work to do to create transparency and accountability.”
In 2020, Council began the initial phase of reform with the passage of a comprehensive legislative safety package, which included independent investigations into lethal force, demilitarization of police, limiting no-knock raids and instituting background checks for hate-group affiliation. This series continues the ongoing deliberations of the City's Operating Budget.
Any resident seeking to provide written or live testimony via WebEx during the virtual hearing must submit their intention using the following link. Requests must be entered by 2pm. Ten speakers will be heard per town hall, with remarks limited to three minutes or less. There will be audience engagement activities during the town hall events.
The town hall will be streamed on Council's Facebook page and the City of Columbus YouTube channel.