Report: Prosecutors file charges against Ohio cops over alleged misconduct during 2020 protests

Three Columbus, Ohio cops have been hit with criminal charges over what The Hill described as “allegations of using improper force against protesters” who took to the streets in the weeks after the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer.

According to The Hill, special prosecutor Kathleen Gerber and independent investigator Rick Wozniak filed charges this week against Columbus Officers Traci Shaw and Phillip Wallis for alleged “assault, dereliction of duty, and interfering with protesters’ civil rights.”

Sgt. Holly Kanode is also facing dereliction of duty charges, as well as at least one count of “falsifying information about a protester’s actions toward another officer,” The Hill said.

Investigations ongoing

As the criminal investigation plays out, the Columbus Division of Police has said the three officers are currently on “administrative” duty.

“The officers have been assigned to administrative duties pending the outcome of the criminal investigation,” the department said in a statement, according to The Hill.

“Once the criminal investigation is concluded, the Columbus Division of Police will conduct an administrative investigation,” they added.

“Answers and accountability”

In a statement of his own, Columbus Public Safety Director Ned Pettus, Jr. said Wozniak, a retired FBI agent later tapped to serve as an independent investigator on the case, was hired “last summer to conduct a fully independent investigation into allegations of misconduct of Columbus Police officers.”

“His focus was to determine whether any officers violated the law in their response to protestors and rioters,” Pettus said, calling it “important, necessary work,” as The Hill reported. “Answers and accountability are what the people of Columbus demand, and deserve,” he added. Take a look:

The news comes amid increased scrutiny on law enforcement and their responses to unrest in the wake of a recent report from the Interior Department’s inspector general that outlined the U.S. Park Police’s actions during a June 2020 Black Lives Matter protest in Washington.

In addition to revealing that former President Donald Trump did not, in fact, order the agency to clear Lafayette Square in D.C. for a “photo op,” the report detailed communication and coordination breakdowns between various law enforcement agencies, according to NBC News. Still, the IG found the Park Police acted lawfully and in accordance with policy, NBC reported.

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  8. What in the hack do you mean protesters. These people were criminal routers. The police did just what they were suppose to do with routers like these crazy people.

  9. Here we go again, making the criminals victims and the people trying to protect our cities criminals. I’d rather have the cops than people BURN, LOOTING, MURDURING entire cities. LEO’s have rules too, but it’s obvious this is another “appease the MOB” attempt. Wait till all our police quit and you really know the true meaning of the “WILD WEST”.

  10. If I was them I would start looking for a different career. As soon as this BS was over I would be smoke in the wind. Let the WOKE MF have the whole taco and let them share with BLM, ANITFA. Police are being attacked from all sides to destroy Law Enforcement so the THUGS can run wild. Then they will declare Marshall Law and try to take your guns so the DEMOCRAPS can bring in the NWO / U.N. Goodbye America and welcome Chinese Farm Colony. Wake up people.

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