Columbus Mayor Ginther, Police Chief Quinlan address recent protests

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther wants a civilian review board to review police use-of-force incidents. The mayor said it will be a top priority in the next contract negotiation with the Fraternal Order of Police.

More immediately, Police Chief Thomas Quinlan has proposed a Chief’s Advisory panel made up of 12 citizens who would advise the chief on issues related to police-community engagement.

“They can look at how the police responded to a situation,” Quinlan said. “What the decisions were, the charging decisions, how we reached this charge over that charge, how we used force or used different tactics to make apprehensions.

“They can talk to me and say, ‘can we make adjustments?’ Where can we legally, medically and tactically make safe changes to policy that’s going to keep everybody safe and reduce the opportunities to have bad occurrences like we saw in other places in the country.”

The chief’s proposal calls for the mayor and city council to appoint the residents who will serve. Ginther said he expects that can be done in the next week or two.

The mayor said top priorities for the chief’s advisory group would be reviewing use of force policies and looking at how officers should interact with peaceful protesters.

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