Tense moments between protesters, police at Recall Ginther rally

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A group of people gathered near Columbus City Hall Saturday afternoon for a Recall Ginther rally. 

According to the group’s Facebook page, they are planning to provide petitions to recall Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther.  

The group says there will be several speakers at the rally as well. 

The group posted the following statement on its website:

“Mayor Andrew Ginther has failed the citizens of Columbus, allowing personal political interests to determine city policies and priorities, versus the interests of the people. This has resulted in worsening economic disparity, decreased quality of living, reduced confidence in municipal government, and deterioration of the relationship between civilians and law enforcement.”

The Recall Ginther PAC

The rally came just hours after Ginther and other city officials called for an end to violence in the city.

There were some tense moments between protesters and Columbus Police as police tried to keep the protesters on the sidewalk and out of the street.

Police were not at the demonstrations throughout most of the day.

At approximately 5:15 p.m., police showed up at the protest and used the bike unit to keep protesters on the sidewalk as a few cars were towed.

There were No Parking bags over the meters.

After towing away two vehicles parked on Broad Street, the police left the scene at about 6 p.m.

There were no reports of physical interactions between demonstrators and the officers.

Ginther’s office issued the following statement Saturday night:

“Mayor Ginther remains focused on making critical police reforms, eliminating the racism that persists in our community, and advancing change to create opportunity for Columbus residents. We hear the anger of our residents and share their frustrations. Criticism is the price of leadership, and the mayor fully accepts the challenges at hand. But we are stronger together, and ask Columbus residents to join with us in the important, difficult work that lies ahead.”

Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther

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