The city of Columbus is asking for the public’s help with an independent investigation into the actions of some Columbus Police officers during the Summer 2020 protests and riots.
On June 1st, Mayor Andrew J. Ginther established an email hotline outside of CPD’s chain of command for the public to send complaints, video, and photographs related to officer actions during the protests and riots.
An independent committee established by the city reviewed complaints received, and separated the complaints to be investigated either criminally or administratively. To ensure each complaint received an independent review, the city hired a retired FBI agent to investigate any complaints deemed potentially criminal by the committee.
In order for a full and independent investigation to be done, the city needs help identifying all parties involved in the encounters, whether it be a member of the public or an officer participating in the actions seen in the photos/videos.
The city has established a website listing some of the events being investigated for possible criminal misconduct. The investigations focus on interactions between police and protesters in May and June of 2020. Each individual event has a summary, videos and/or photographs.
Information can be shared anonymously.
As investigations are completed, findings will be turned over to a Special Prosecutor hired by the Columbus City Attorney’s Office.
Select the anonymous checkbox if you do not wish to include your name and contact information
On May 30, 2020, during the daytime, a female protestor, who is standing in the middle of the street, is shot in the leg by a wooden bullet at the corner of Broad and Grant. -See Photos
On May, 30, 2020, or May 31, 2020, during the daytime, CPD Officer pepper-sprayed two protestors kneeling in the middle of the crosswalk at the corner of Broad and Grant. -See Photos
On May 29, 2020, during the evening hours, a CPD SWAT Officer pepper-sprayed an older couple at the Chase Bank located at 100 East Broad Street.
On May 29, 2020, at approximately 11:52 p.m., a female wearing a pink top and walking on the sidewalk, is pepper-sprayed by CPD bike Police Officers at the corner of Broad and High next to the U.S. Bank. -See Photos