OSU issues alert for protests near campus; student journalists hit with pepper spray

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Ohio State University Emergency Management has issued an alert warning of ongoing police activity near campus related to protesters in downtown Columbus.

The alert warns of police activity in the area of High and Lane streets with reports of damage.

People are urged to avoid the area and remain inside, with the alert reminding recipients of the ongoing curfew in effect for the city from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m.

Members of The Lantern, OSU’s student newspaper, were pepper sprayed by police.

In a video provided to NBC4 courtesy of The Lantern, the students are heard telling Columbus Police they are members of the media and are exempt from the 10 p.m. curfew set by Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther.

A group of police officers then turn the corner toward the students in the video and releases pepper spray in their direction. One of the students can be heard saying, “I got it on me,” before the video cuts out.

According to the order signed by Ginther, members of the media are among the exemptions allowed while the city is under curfew.

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