Mayor Ginther responds to video showing CPD officer punching man

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For the first time, NBC4 is hearing from Mayor Andrew Ginther after a video went viral of a Columbus police officer punching a man.

He said he even has questions after watching the video and wants to make sure policies and procedures were followed.

The video and the punch have sparked attention across the city and now a thorough investigation.

“It’s very important to me that people in Columbus have confidence in the division of police to increase accountability and transparency,” Mayor Ginther said.

Mayor Ginther said he watched the cell phone video that went viral over the weekend and wanted the public to see the body camera footage as soon as possible.

“People can see it all, the whole incident situation better and understand what took place,” Ginther said.

Officers were called to a home after shots were reportedly heard.

“It was a dangerous situation and I want to know more details of what took place there before we make a determination,” Ginther said.

And after police asked a man to get back repeatedly, a punch was thrown by officer A.J. Johnson.

NBC4 spoke with Jonathan Robinson, the man seen in the video,
who claimed he was worried for his wife and children’s safety.

He ended up getting arrested for obstruction of a police officer,
and he called the punch un-called for.

Meanwhile, Mayor Ginther said he wants to know what happened in the moments before he was punched.
“I have my questions, certainly, I want to know what was taking place on the ground then, what were the interactions that took place that led up to the moment,” Ginther said.

Columbus police said they are still investigating and will not comment further until they are finished.

And Mayor Ginther promises the public will continue to get information about the investigation.

 “There is going to be a thorough investigation that takes place to determine whether or not policies or procedures were followed,” Ginther said.

NBC4 reached out to CPD after talking to Mayor Ginther and got the following response:

“That’s what any investigation is designed to do, answer questions.”

Columbus Division of Police

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